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Random gov health check BS
« on: August 02, 2013, 10:36:00 am »
What the hell is with this random government-sponsored health check crap?

I have to do it for my present school with a deadline of december 31st even though I'm changing schools in september. I asked them today if I could do it monday before vacation and they're like "Oh no you need to get permission from the office downstairs" I'm like "HOW?" then more BS about how I need id and password from my other co-teacher who's on vacation.

This whole thing is complete unnecessary garbage.


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Re: Random gov health check BS
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2013, 11:12:24 am »
E2 visa holders have to have a health check done every time they renew their visa. the MOE (or government, I'm not sure who it is exactly) pays for teachers to have their health check every other year, and this includes NETs.

I'm pretty sure that's what's up at least.

edit: i was wrong.
« Last Edit: August 02, 2013, 01:26:52 pm by taeyang »
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Re: Random gov health check BS
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2013, 11:27:41 am »
E2 visa holders have to have a health check done every time they renew their visa. the MOE (or government, I'm not sure who it is exactly) pays for teachers to have their health check every other year, and this includes NETs.

I'm pretty sure that's what's up at least.

Wrong.... they don't pay, we pay.
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Re: Random gov health check BS
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2013, 11:30:08 am »
They said they'd pay

This is not for visa renewal, this is a 'random' test. Could've happened to any teacher in the school
« Last Edit: August 02, 2013, 11:31:50 am by waterfall12 »


Re: Random gov health check BS
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2013, 11:31:24 am »
E2 visa holders have to have a health check done every time they renew their visa. the MOE (or government, I'm not sure who it is exactly) pays for teachers to have their health check every other year, and this includes NETs.

I'm pretty sure that's what's up at least.

Wrong.... they don't pay, we pay.

I pay for my yearly/contractual foreigner check.

My school pays for my bi-annual check that all teachers take (Korean).  I'm going to guess that most schools pay for this check for all their teachers.
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Re: Random gov health check BS
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2013, 11:58:23 am »
I've been at the same school for years. I think they tried to get me to do the health check once, and I said no way. I do it every year for renewal, and if they want to see the results they can get a copy from the MOE.


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Re: Random gov health check BS
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2013, 12:45:13 pm »
E2 visa holders have to have a health check done every time they renew their visa. the MOE (or government, I'm not sure who it is exactly) pays for teachers to have their health check every other year, and this includes NETs.

I'm pretty sure that's what's up at least.

Wrong.... they don't pay, we pay.

there's one every year that they pay for, but that doesn't include the HIV tests.
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Re: Random gov health check BS
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2013, 01:26:17 pm »
E2 visa holders have to have a health check done every time they renew their visa. the MOE (or government, I'm not sure who it is exactly) pays for teachers to have their health check every other year, and this includes NETs.

I'm pretty sure that's what's up at least.

You don't have to get one every time you renewed your visa.

I renewed twice at my last school without a health check.

I do have to get the "every 2 years" check done but I don't pay for that.

I think it depends on your MOE, but every MOE does not make you get the health check at renewal.

ahh! you're right. i spaced out - the health check is for the MOE, not for immigration. why did i think it was...? sorry OP!
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Re: Random gov health check BS
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2013, 02:04:28 pm »
Ahhhhhh ok.


Re: Random gov health check BS
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2013, 05:43:29 pm »
you get a free health check from nhic every 2 years, if you don't do this you can be fined. it's usually done at one those assembly line clinics where you go station to station.  a week or two after that you will get a nice bound report on your health. funny thing for me it said i was "moribundly obese" and needed to excercise etc. even though i do 16k or so a week.

if you are certain age, it will include things like an endoscope and colonoscopy which you can opt of (my dr said I didn't need it). 


Re: Random gov health check BS
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2013, 10:59:46 am »
you get a free health check from nhic every 2 years, if you don't do this you can be fined.

Where did you hear this?  Who requires this?  NHIC?
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Re: Random gov health check BS
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2013, 02:07:58 pm »
you get a free health check from nhic every 2 years, if you don't do this you can be fined.

Where did you hear this?  Who requires this?  NHIC?

NHIC, my regular dr (I have typical middle age problems plus since I run I like somebody keeping an eye on my knees and there is a great sports medicine doc where I go), and my TA told me, I was insistent on not doing it because I was not going to go through an endoscopy and colonoscopy when my reg dr said there was no need for me to have one, that was until I was told I would be fined 100k by nhic if i didn't. I managed to get them to cut those 2 things out. I was also told the only person who gets the report is you. I really don't want my univ to find out all my inner health details. Heck my regular dr is located across town from where I live and further from my univ. I go that far for privacy


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Re: Random gov health check BS
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2013, 05:20:43 am »
you get a free health check from nhic every 2 years, if you don't do this you can be fined.

Where did you hear this?  Who requires this?  NHIC?

Been here 5 years now and besides my annual health check for renewing my contract, I have never had one of these two year check ups and nor have any of my Korean teachers had at the two schools I have taught at.

So it doesn't appear to be a rule, at least not here in Seoul.
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Re: Random gov health check BS
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2013, 07:40:33 am »
NHIC doesn't have the power to fine you.  I've gone without tests from NHIC; nobody gets fined.  Ask a Korean.

As far as the tests for teachers, it is the case in Gyeonggi-do that teachers get tested every 2 years and it's paid for by the school/gov't.  Your school may or may not include you as these teachers since we're kind of on the margins.  As mentioned, they'll inform you, probably with a paper, telling you it's required by Dec 31 of that year.  You go to a clinic (the list of clinics that can do it is much longer than the ones that do the visa/foreigner tests).  The staff there will the school that you met the requirement of taking it.

Confusedsaffer, did you ask your co-teachers about that?
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Re: Random gov health check BS
« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2013, 07:50:00 am »
you get a free health check from nhic every 2 years, if you don't do this you can be fined.

Where did you hear this?  Who requires this?  NHIC?

Been here 5 years now and besides my annual health check for renewing my contract, I have never had one of these two year check ups and nor have any of my Korean teachers had at the two schools I have taught at.

So it doesn't appear to be a rule, at least not here in Seoul.
That's weird.  I have been here five years, and have had the med check twice.  It is part of the national health care plan--preventive medicine saves them a lot of money.  It's also a good deal for the employee.  A free health check every two years worth $150 or more. 

I cannot imagine what the OP is complaining about.  Except that it's the default setting for this board.


Re: Random gov health check BS
« Reply #15 on: August 05, 2013, 09:36:03 am »
Its actually a good deal just sort of take their conclusions with a grain a salt, had a friends husband who is great shape being told he was "obese" and needed to lose 15kgs which would take him back to his hs weight. Also said the same thing about me even though I (sort of) excercise regularly, don't smoke and rarely drink. Go to an international clinic and have the dr there go over the results

Think what my dr said on second thought if I didn't get it done some NHIC benefits wouldn't kick in for like cancer etc. My TA said I would be fined 100k, a lot of my colleagues didn't want to do it because they didn't want the endo or colon or they were fearing getting fired for high cholesterol/blood pressure etc.

Think what we all fear is our personal medical info getting into the wrong hands


Re: Random gov health check BS
« Reply #16 on: August 06, 2013, 11:38:54 am »
you get a free health check from nhic every 2 years, if you don't do this you can be fined.

Where did you hear this?  Who requires this?  NHIC?

Been here 5 years now and besides my annual health check for renewing my contract, I have never had one of these two year check ups and nor have any of my Korean teachers had at the two schools I have taught at.

So it doesn't appear to be a rule, at least not here in Seoul.
That's weird.  I have been here five years, and have had the med check twice.  It is part of the national health care plan--preventive medicine saves them a lot of money.  It's also a good deal for the employee.  A free health check every two years worth $150 or more. 

I cannot imagine what the OP is complaining about.  Except that it's the default setting for this board.

I was complaining about my school's administration's lack of comprehension on the subject


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Re: Random gov health check BS
« Reply #17 on: August 08, 2013, 08:40:51 am »
Just refuse.  We are not Korean teachers and are on different contracts.  It's another example of putting everyone in the same boat.  We are not in the same boat.  They asked me twice and told them It doesnt apply to foreign teachers.  They finally left me alone.  Nothing ever happened. 
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Re: Random gov health check BS
« Reply #18 on: August 08, 2013, 10:08:55 am »
you get a free health check from nhic every 2 years, if you don't do this you can be fined.

Where did you hear this?  Who requires this?  NHIC?

Been here 5 years now and besides my annual health check for renewing my contract, I have never had one of these two year check ups and nor have any of my Korean teachers had at the two schools I have taught at.

So it doesn't appear to be a rule, at least not here in Seoul.
That's weird.  I have been here five years, and have had the med check twice.  It is part of the national health care plan--preventive medicine saves them a lot of money.  It's also a good deal for the employee.  A free health check every two years worth $150 or more. 

I cannot imagine what the OP is complaining about.  Except that it's the default setting for this board.

I was complaining about my school's administration's lack of comprehension on the subject
Then you were unclear.  You said:  "What the hell is with this random government-sponsored health check crap?" 
You then said: "This whole thing is complete unnecessary garbage", leading the reasonable reader to think you feel that getting a free medical check up every two years is random, unnecessary, crap and garbage.


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Re: Random gov health check BS
« Reply #19 on: August 08, 2013, 10:42:10 am »
Its not MOE, its for the national health insurance. Do it, but get it done FAAAAAAAAR away from your school. You want this to just be between you and your doctor.
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