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  • 303lmc
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    • March 05, 2019, 05:23:12 pm
    • Gwangju
Re: Do you have to do medical exam every year, even if renew same school?
« Reply #20 on: October 30, 2020, 10:25:42 am »
frankly I might just opt to leave if this is a required thing seeing as I haven't had great success with anesthesia in the past.  well hopefully Korean hospitals aren't too stingy with it
there was another required procedure for women I refuse to get, so I told them no, and that I had already had one. I have had one and the doctor recommended I DO NOT get them anymore. they didn't seem to have an issue with that.


  • buckybee
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    • August 30, 2015, 02:36:08 pm
    • Daejeon
Re: Do you have to do medical exam every year, even if renew same school?
« Reply #21 on: October 30, 2020, 01:13:55 pm »
So from what I understand, you should get the visa health check every time you renew your visa/contract. You should get the national health check every other year depending on if your birth year is even or odd. This year is even numbers. The test also various by age. For example, if your older (40's)  you have to get the endoscopy test but you don't have to do certain tests like that if your younger. It depends on your health risks. If you don't get the medical check up then your insurance could potentially be higher and they will not help cover cancer care if you didn't receive the cancer screenings. Also, you can choose to not do certain medical tests if you already had them done within the year at a smaller doctors office. Like the cervix cancer screening.

The visa health check up can vary depending on your contract though.

Also the price for the visa check up varies by location. So it's best to look around for a good price. The national insurance test is free if you get it the year you should be checked out.

That's what  I've been told/understand about it. If your staying in Korea, just get it done, better safe than sorry. If you're going to be leaving Korea soon,  I don't think it matters that much. Also, for Epik teachers, you may be able to take official leave to get it done. As long as your VP and P agree of course. Since most of the visa test is the same as the national health insurance test, I asked to have them both done at the same time. I did it on a Friday and got my results back on Monday. I did still have to pay for the visa test though. I feel like I basically just payed for a piece of paper but it's done and I don't have to worry.


  • VanIslander
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Re: Do you have to do medical exam every year, even if renew same school?
« Reply #22 on: October 31, 2020, 01:22:04 pm »
I had just two medical checkups 2002-2009.
Then two more 2010-2017.
Then suddenly every year?
I always teach in hagwons but suddenly i had to get one in December 2017, 2018 and... i again was asked - am at the same academy, haven't traveled overseas - in 2019. I said okay, okay each of the times i was reminded but didn't go. I was surprised that there was no blowback, no comment at all. Maybe the COVID19 year changed the game. I see no need to ever get an x-ray again.

Note: my director booked appointments for a endoscopy to check for stomach cancer. I said bluntly i won't do it. My mom's church was against it. And if it is needed then i guess i will have to go back to Canada. He never mentioned it again.
« Last Edit: October 31, 2020, 01:25:10 pm by VanIslander »


  • shostager
  • Super Waygook

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    • November 06, 2012, 06:08:10 am
Re: Do you have to do medical exam every year, even if renew same school?
« Reply #23 on: November 02, 2020, 08:48:02 am »
Looking to do my medical check-up cheaply in Seoul. I usually go to 고려대 in Anam, but  that cost me about 100k last time. Any suggestions on cheaper ones? Preferably close to Korea University.


  • Georgina97
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    • March 04, 2019, 02:22:07 pm
    • Jeju, South Korea
Re: Do you have to do medical exam every year, even if renew same school?
« Reply #24 on: November 03, 2020, 11:24:22 am »
My school has still not said anything. The coordinator of the POE only emailed about it once. And since it depends on birth year and you all are saying this year is even and I was born in 97 I'm going to go ahead and not get the test. I was mainly wondering if I would be penalized after I left in February. Like them withholding my last check or something of the sort.


  • waygo0k
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    • September 27, 2011, 11:51:01 am
    • Chungnam
Re: Do you have to do medical exam every year, even if renew same school?
« Reply #25 on: November 04, 2020, 08:49:02 am »
Your school can't withhold your cheque...that would be illegal.

If you're leaving the country, nobody will care. If you're staying in the country, you'll have to do the health check at your new school.


Re: Do you have to do medical exam every year, even if renew same school?
« Reply #26 on: November 05, 2020, 12:15:23 pm »
for the endoscope to the stomach, I do recommend anesthesia. I opted out of it and am still traumatized. lol

My school asked me to have this stomach exam but I didn't want to go through with it. After a couple of phone calls between the school and POE it was confirmed that I didn't have to do it.


  • VanIslander
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Re: Do you have to do medical exam every year, even if renew same school?
« Reply #27 on: November 06, 2020, 08:47:31 am »
I had just two medical checkups 2002-2009.
Then two more 2010-2017.
Then suddenly every year?
I always teach in hagwons but suddenly i had to get one in December 2017, 2018 and... i again was asked - am at the same academy, haven't traveled overseas - in 2019. I said okay, okay each of the times i was reminded but didn't go. I was surprised that there was no blowback, no comment at all. Maybe the COVID19 year changed the game. I see no need to ever get an x-ray again.

Note: my director booked appointments for a endoscopy to check for stomach cancer. I said bluntly i won't do it. My mom's church was against it. And if it is needed then i guess i will have to go back to Canada. He never mentioned it again.
UPDATE: Yesterday I was informed by our hagwon's receptionist that i have to do a health checkup this year. She started working here in the spring and is more keen at doing things than the last lackadaisical chill cool gal we had (in my 18 years here i have never had a male hagwon receptionist). I have a form to take to a hospital, an address to go to, the receptionist's phone number.

I will go, either... the last week in December (if she berates me) or the week after the director/owner tells me directly (which he hasn't been around when the topic has been discussed). Otherwise, I will let it all go out the window. Like I did last year.



  • waygo0k
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    • September 27, 2011, 11:51:01 am
    • Chungnam
Re: Do you have to do medical exam every year, even if renew same school?
« Reply #28 on: November 06, 2020, 11:35:47 am »
The government started getting really anal about these tests around the end of 2017.

I went from having done only one test (way back in 2011) to doing 2 tests in 2018 (one for the office of education, one for health insurance).

Then when Irrenewed my public school contract, they asked me to do another test.


  • hangook77
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    • September 14, 2017, 09:10:12 am
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Re: Do you have to do medical exam every year, even if renew same school?
« Reply #29 on: November 12, 2020, 12:17:28 pm »
My school has still not said anything. The coordinator of the POE only emailed about it once. And since it depends on birth year and you all are saying this year is even and I was born in 97 I'm going to go ahead and not get the test. I was mainly wondering if I would be penalized after I left in February. Like them withholding my last check or something of the sort.

You were born in 97?  Wow!  Seems like yesterday I was a kid in the 90's.  2020's'll have me feeling old now.  Aye Carumba!!!  Though I remember it was the year a lot of grunge music took a more positive less dark turn.  (Well, 96 and 97.)   

Gee my first batch of middle school kids are older than you.  This got me shaking my head. 


  • waygo0k
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Re: Do you have to do medical exam every year, even if renew same school?
« Reply #30 on: November 14, 2020, 07:17:23 am »
You were born in 97?  Wow!  Seems like yesterday I was a kid in the 90's.  2020's'll have me feeling old now.  Aye Carumba!!!  Though I remember it was the year a lot of grunge music took a more positive less dark turn.  (Well, 96 and 97.)   

Gee my first batch of middle school kids are older than you.  This got me shaking my head. 

In 1997 I was still in primary school, trading  pokemon cards and pretening to be a mighty morphin power ranger.


  • VanIslander
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Re: Do you have to do medical exam every year, even if renew same school?
« Reply #31 on: November 14, 2020, 10:13:38 pm »
I had no idea what a pokemon was until 2003 when my students informed me.

I traded NHL hockey cards in 1981 at the height of the throw-a-card-to-knock-down-a-card-against-a-wall-and-win-it craze that was HUGE for two years in my Canadian town, then, like any fad, it disappeared.

« Last Edit: November 14, 2020, 10:15:54 pm by VanIslander »


  • waygo0k
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    • September 27, 2011, 11:51:01 am
    • Chungnam
Re: Do you have to do medical exam every year, even if renew same school?
« Reply #32 on: November 15, 2020, 07:54:41 am »
2003?!?!?

Pokemon was practically dead by then in the UK. At that time it was all dragon ball z, sailor moon and hentai porn 😂😂


  • CO2
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    • March 02, 2015, 03:41:14 pm
    • Uiwang
Re: Do you have to do medical exam every year, even if renew same school?
« Reply #33 on: November 16, 2020, 07:22:38 am »
Do you even............... ...

« Last Edit: November 16, 2020, 07:24:38 am by CO2 »
The first thing to say is that this is definitely not pyramid selling, OK?


  • oglop
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    • August 25, 2011, 07:24:54 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Do you have to do medical exam every year, even if renew same school?
« Reply #34 on: November 16, 2020, 08:29:42 am »
2003?!?!?

Pokemon was practically dead by then in the UK. At that time it was all dragon ball z, sailor moon and hentai porn 😂😂
yes well vanislander's whole shtick is "look how old i am lol"