Health Care in Korea

Guide to South Korea

Health Care in Korea

In Korea, medical treatment is available at hospitals, public health centers, and private clinics. At most major hospitals you can be assured that there will be staff on hand that can speak English. Many of the doctors in Korea have spent time abroad and read medical journals in English as well.

If you are interested in alternative medicines and Chinese culture, there are also a number of traditional Chinese medical clinics in Korea that use herbal remedies and other traditional methods of treatment.

South Korean Hospital - Teaching English in Korea

Making Appointments

Generally speaking you do not need an appointment. Basically, you walk into the hospital and ask for help. Unless you have a clear medical emergency you will first be directed to the payment counter where you must first pay before you see the doctor. This is just the basic fee. If you have any kind of Korean medical insurance, make sure you show it to the staff before they bill you.

Most of the hospitals are open from Monday to Saturday, but not Sundays and holidays (emergency room only).

Pharmacists

In case of light illnesses, visit the nearest pharmacist and tell her/him your symptoms. Not all pharmacists open on Sundays and holidays, but some are. Ingredients and directions are written on the envelope of the medicine.

Medical Insurance

There are two kinds of medical insurance, foreigners can have both kinds:

Company Medical Insurance

Employees of a company, the government, or those authorized by the ministry of Health & Welfare Affairs, can have beneficiaries by the government plan. Health insurance is available for foreigners by enrollment. Students, embassy employees and nuns who do not pay insurance charges, will not be covered.

Community Medical Insurance

Foreigners in Korea with F-2 status can be covered by regional insurance. To register, prepare the documents required and submit them, along with an application for medical insurance, to the Medical Insurance Association of Busan. Insurance premiums must be paid every 3 months and are determined by the number of family members to be covered, income and property.

Required documents

  • Passport
  • Residential card
  • Certificate of embarkation and disembarkation (Available at any Immigration office, airport or KCAT)
  • Copy of citizenship

Medical Payments

To make the insurance plan valid, pre-pay the fee every three months. However, even if one receives treatment by the plan, one needs to prepay the fee in advance. Otherwise, one cannot be protected by the plan for one year afterwards.

Calling an Ambulance

To dial Emergency from public phones, push the emergency button or put insert a coin. Dial 119 after the signal and the emergency dispatch center will answer. Then, tell the dispatcher the following information.

State your name, address or location in detail. Speak clearly and precisely. If possible, provide additional details of age, sex and any landmarks near your present location and what the injury involves.

 

If you liked this article, please share!
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmailFacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmail

Contact Us

US & Canada: 201-467-4612
United Kingdom: 0203-286-9794
Australia: 2-8011-4516

Info@ReachToTeachRecruiting.com

Reach To Teach
1606 80th Avenue
Algona, Iowa, 50511
USA

Teacher Testimonial

C. Venter - 2017 - Teaching in China

Thanks to the help and hard work of my recruiter at Reach To Teach, my journey to China was such a smooth and nearly stress free process. I have now been happily living in China for 6 months. Thanks, guys.


Read More Testimonials »

Teacher Testimonials

R. Busony - 2017 - An ESL Teacher in Taipei
Reach To Teach Recruiting LTD

Reach to Teach is absolutely the best tool to have going into the teaching industry in Asia. I worked with Carrie Kellenberger when going to Taiwan and she managed to give me more than I asked and did frequent check-ups.

Weeks before my dep...


Read More Testimonials »

Teacher Testimonials

Anabel Gabriela - 2018 Teacher Testimonial
Reach To Teach Recruiting LTD

They made what would have been a very complicated process easy. I always felt like they really cared about me and I never felt intimidated emailing or calling when I was confused. Highly recommend!


Read More Testimonials »