When I got to Korea last March the first thing I did was get my AIDS test. This is some discriminatory bullshit that all foreign teachers must do to get your alien card. So my boss picks me up and takes me to the country hospital. First thing they do is give me a Dixie Cup. I'm looking at this thing like you want me to brush my teeth. No, I'm expected to pee in this cup so I take it down the hall and I piss in the cup, on the cup, on my hand , and on the toilet seat. I clean it up as best I can and then I march down the hall carrying a cup of my own piss. I hand it to the girl ; who wasn't wearing any gloves , and I proceed to my next test. She has me sit at a table and pulls out a needle. That bitch could have taken that needle out of her own ass, I didn't see her unwrap shit. So now she's taking my blood without gloves. She finishes and I move on to a different tech in a room the size of a small restaurant. In this room the tech tells me to take off my clothes. I'm waiting for him to point to a smaller room. Since no pointing was forthcoming I asked in Korean where? He said here. Now I knew some kimchi fuckery was a foot because unless they changed the rules in the last 2 days I knew that they only checked for AIDS and possibly marijuana and you don't have to strip down for either of those test. My boss is watching the entire process so I ask him why is it necessary to for me get semi-naked. He asked the tech and then told me the tech wants to get an accurate height and weight measurement. I thought I was here to teach English not pick cotton . I think he was going to check my teeth and gums next.
I refused to do any test unclothed and he relented they then tested my vision, hearing, and reflexes. About a week later I'm sitting in my boss's car and he pulls out my medical chart and says you don't have AIDS ( no shit who wouldn't have that test done before flying half way around the world on my own dime) but you should watch your cholesterol. To this day I don't understand why the hospital gave him the results to the medical test I paid for. When I worked at Social Security I would have been subject to arrest for giving out somebodies personal info.
I got pink eye and an ear infection at the same time when I was living at the bathhouse. I suffered in silence for about a week until I was finally taken to a Korean doctor. Since i didn't have insurance the doctor's visit was 12.00 and he did his examine and gave me the prescription. He gave me a prescription for 2 days worth of medicine. Which meant I would have to pay that money grubbing son of a bitch for another prescription. I did that twice and on the third visit I told him I want 5 days worth of medicine I'm going down to Busan. He lied and made excuses but he finally relented.
Some people who read this might think I am a bit harsh. Why do you say that Korean doctors might be incompotent. I don't know the last hospital I went to had a funeral home attached to it.
I guess these money grubbers will get their money one way or the other.
This picture was taken at Dongsan Medical Center in lovely Daegu
tip: if you find yourself in need of medical assistance in Korea look for a hospital which is US Forces Korea authorized, those hospitals have been vetted by the military for cleanliness and general un-Korean bullshit.
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