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  • Waygook Lord

    • 6172

    • March 02, 2015, 03:41:14 pm
    • Uiwang
Re: Health Check-up Before the End of the Year?
« Reply #20 on: July 24, 2020, 10:32:02 am »
it's an appointment so I will be using sick time for it.

Yeah, I've been told that going to immigration counts towards time off. What? I have to add an additional workplace because I'm doing a city-run camp in a different city. (It's on property owned by the city, but the location is in another province. Anyone who's worked for Gunpo/Uiwang will know what I mean).

This isn't a personal issue. It's an issue that you've asked me to do on behalf of my employment. I have nothing to do after 2:30PM so just sign the time off. The time shouldn't count against my vacation days. It's absurd.
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  • Mr C
  • The Legend

    • 2202

    • October 17, 2012, 03:00:40 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Health Check-up Before the End of the Year?
« Reply #21 on: July 24, 2020, 10:40:39 am »
Yeah, I've been told that going to immigration counts towards time off. What? I have to add an additional workplace because I'm doing a city-run camp in a different city. (It's on property owned by the city, but the location is in another province. Anyone who's worked for Gunpo/Uiwang will know what I mean).

This isn't a personal issue. It's an issue that you've asked me to do on behalf of my employment. I have nothing to do after 2:30PM so just sign the time off. The time shouldn't count against my vacation days. It's absurd.

Hmmm.  At SMOE anything like that, Immi, new passport, health check, all comes out of official leave, not vacation time.
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Re: Health Check-up Before the End of the Year?
« Reply #22 on: July 24, 2020, 10:53:46 am »
Hmmm.  At SMOE anything like that, Immi, new passport, health check, all comes out of official leave, not vacation time.

Exactly.  It's a 출장 (official business leave).  If I don't renew my visa, I don't work here.  Going to the doctors for a check up is the same.  Generally, I use a time when I don't have classes and say to my VP about it, and he says okay, do the NEIS for 병외출 (will come back to school after) or 병조퇴 (not coming back), include only the VP on the tick list, done.  It can't be so different from province to province when it comes to basic stuff like this. 


  • AvecPommesFrites
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1022

    • September 04, 2017, 02:19:33 pm
    • Incheon International Airport Immigration Office Detention Facility
Re: Health Check-up Before the End of the Year?
« Reply #23 on: July 24, 2020, 01:51:13 pm »
It's for the health insurance so they can jack up your premiums and find out which diseases are on the rise so they can adjust the cost of those going forward. They don't care about your actual health.
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  • JNM
  • The Legend

    • 4552

    • January 19, 2015, 10:16:48 am
    • Seoul, South Korea
Re: Health Check-up Before the End of the Year?
« Reply #24 on: July 25, 2020, 04:15:42 pm »
It's for the health insurance so they can jack up your premiums and find out which diseases are on the rise so they can adjust the cost of those going forward. They don't care about your actual health.

National health insurance is interested in preventing/detecting things early to limit costs. They screen for many things by age cohort.


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  • Waygook Lord

    • 5115

    • October 03, 2011, 01:50:58 pm
Re: Health Check-up Before the End of the Year?
« Reply #25 on: July 25, 2020, 05:31:56 pm »
And believe it or not many humans care about other humans and want to help and heal them.


Re: Health Check-up Before the End of the Year?
« Reply #26 on: July 26, 2020, 09:46:32 am »
It's for the health insurance so they can jack up your premiums and find out which diseases are on the rise so they can adjust the cost of those going forward. They don't care about your actual health.

How much do you pay in premiums?


Re: Health Check-up Before the End of the Year?
« Reply #27 on: July 26, 2020, 11:22:11 am »
I had to get this done twice in my four years in Korea.  I too was scared of the cervical check, but it's OPTIONAL.  You still have to do the regular checkup which is exactly the same as the renewal health check - vision, height, weight, hearing test, blood test, TB x-ray, etc.

I would have your co-teacher call because I believe it is possible for you to do this check as well as the renewal health check at the same time.  I think they will record your results on two different papers.  This health check will be free and you'll just pay for the renewal one.

In my second year, I had to do this health check in December and then the renewal one a few weeks later...my co mentioned that I could've done both at the same time and I was sooo pissed...lol.

So yeah, don't worry, the cervical check is completely optional.  I think once you turn 40, it becomes mandatory but I was 30 and 32 when I had to get this done, and it was optional.


  • hangook77
  • The Legend

    • 2027

    • September 14, 2017, 09:10:12 am
    • Near Busan
Re: Health Check-up Before the End of the Year?
« Reply #28 on: September 16, 2020, 03:03:37 pm »
Two parts to it.  (Got the letter myself this year.)

First part.  That is a health check very simple.  Asking questions quick non invasive exam.  (Check breathing, maybe a blood or x ray test.)

Second part.  I think is also mandatory?  Someone told me elective second part?  Endoscopy.  I had one done on my own a couple of years ago before having to.  Now I have to do it.  I knew a foreigner who had it done around the same time and he had the paper like I have now.  Anyways, they stick a small tube down your throat and check your stomach and throat for cancer or problems.  First time scary as shit.  Also can be some gagging.  I opted to pay extra and get put to sleep.  I also paid extra and got a colonoscopy at the same time.  Colon one not mandatory for this and I wouldn't do it as often.  (But since I was there, I decided it would be easy to do them at the same time.  Maybe colon one every few years for me.)   Friend said endo was mandatory every two years.  He went unconscious like me.  He said endo was free, but he had to pay extra for the knock out gas.  Maybe 60K ish? 

Anyways, I tried around same time as doctor suggested it for me due to some minor heartburn.  But no problems for me.  I had to drink some powered drink every 15 minutes for an hour waking up at 4 AM.  Then next couple of hours in bathroom letting it all fall out.  Might have been for colon and not endo.  Not sure.  Went in around 9 AM.  Got a shot in the ass but that was for colon.  I had to wait awhile for that to loosen muscles or make numb?  Not sure.  I waited and heard some folks gagging getting the tube down the throat.  Not fun.  Many do it awake. 

Not me.  They sprayed my mouth, and put some clamp plastic thing to keep my mouth open.  Felt weird and I would have objected, but then went out unconscious.  Was done and I already saw my inside on TV with camera up my butt.  Almost finished that. saw a couple of pollups removed and then out.  I was given a few more minutes to recuperate.  I took a taxi home.  Woman said to eat light, but I ate a full meal a couple of hours later and was fine.  No driving rest of day.  But otherwise not feeling bad at all. 

I went to a private hospital that specialized in these two procedures and paid some fee.  If you do this with the letter, the basic endo would be covered.  You would have to pay extra.  My friend who had that medical letter did same as me around same time.  He said he paid 200K.  He paid for stuff not covered.  Being put unconscious not covered.  Can be a pain at a regular doctors office as they don't have space for you and want someone to go with you to help you get home right after.  Private hospital, you can rest for a while after.  So, you can go alone.  Find the private hospital in your area that specializes in this procedure.  You can ask your coteacher to research or aks friends or check online which have the best reputations.  Most doctors have some English. 


  • hangook77
  • The Legend

    • 2027

    • September 14, 2017, 09:10:12 am
    • Near Busan
Re: Health Check-up Before the End of the Year?
« Reply #29 on: September 16, 2020, 03:07:53 pm »
I would NEVER go on a Saturday. I will not use MY time to go. but it can wait until Nov or Dec

The endoscopy might need more time.  WOuld school make you take a sick day for that or give it as a business trip?  Official leave?  You would have to do that one in the morning.  It is advisable, unless you skip breakfast and go hardcore and do it awake just to get it over with.  Some folks do.  I have no desire to be awake for that.  So, the grogginess and waiting will take up extra time for me.  You could go to school in afternoon and eat light lunch I suppose?  Your school may try to push you into doing the awake one and skipping lunch going there late afternoon is my guess.


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  • Super Waygook

    • 480

    • March 08, 2018, 07:04:54 pm
    • Canada
Re: Health Check-up Before the End of the Year?
« Reply #30 on: September 17, 2020, 07:46:09 am »
I had to do that colonoscopy a couple of years ago.

ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE

The shot they gave me did nothing. I was screaming
as that thing was rammed up my ass.

But, I fell asleep in the taxi and don't remember getting
home.

Funniest thing was I was REALLY screaming and the people
in the waiting room were white as ghosts as I left.


  • hangook77
  • The Legend

    • 2027

    • September 14, 2017, 09:10:12 am
    • Near Busan
Re: Health Check-up Before the End of the Year?
« Reply #31 on: September 17, 2020, 08:13:39 am »
I had to do that colonoscopy a couple of years ago.

ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE

The shot they gave me did nothing. I was screaming
as that thing was rammed up my ass.

But, I fell asleep in the taxi and don't remember getting
home.

Funniest thing was I was REALLY screaming and the people
in the waiting room were white as ghosts as I left.

Wow.  Sounds terrible.  Were these inexperienced folks?  Did the place have a good reputation? My place was a small private hospital that specialized in it and had a good reputation.  (Some places in Korea can be complete sh!t and have a bad reputation.)  They did put a needle in my ass to relax the muscles and I waited at least an hour or so.  Then, with the IV in my arm, they control the drip and put me unconscious.  I woke up part way through and saw my insides on tv.  A couple of pallops removed and then pulled out.  Was fine, no pain, no nothing.    Rested half an hour after the procedure done.  Then, I went home.  Ate a decent lunch even if they said not to.  (I was pretty hungry after all.) 


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  • Super Waygook

    • 480

    • March 08, 2018, 07:04:54 pm
    • Canada
Re: Health Check-up Before the End of the Year?
« Reply #32 on: September 17, 2020, 08:30:57 am »
Wow.  Sounds terrible.  Were these inexperienced folks?  Did the place have a good reputation? My place was a small private hospital that specialized in it and had a good reputation.  (Some places in Korea can be complete sh!t and have a bad reputation.)  They did put a needle in my ass to relax the muscles and I waited at least an hour or so.  Then, with the IV in my arm, they control the drip and put me unconscious.  I woke up part way through and saw my insides on tv.  A couple of pallops removed and then pulled out.  Was fine, no pain, no nothing.    Rested half an hour after the procedure done.  Then, I went home.  Ate a decent lunch even if they said not to.  (I was pretty hungry after all.) 

I got it at a big hospital. Assembly line. No waiting. They should have waited
for the anesthetic to kick in.