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Can civilians see military doctors?

 
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sonofthedarkstranger



Joined: 15 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2003 8:20 pm    Post subject: Can civilians see military doctors? Reply with quote

I live in Iksan, Jeollabuk-do, and I need to see a doctor with superb English. There aren't many high-caliber English speakers around here and I don't want to go all the way up to Seoul. I do however live half an hour from Gunsan, where there is an army base (jeonju is half an hour in the other direction). Can I, a civilian, see an army doctor? Or are they only there for the US forces? How can I contact such a doctor and schedule an appointment (if possible). Also, can non-US citizens see army doctors?

You can reply to this thread directly or email me if you can clue me in. thanks.
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kimcheeking
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2003 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would imagine the answer is no.

How close are you to Busan, I'm sure there are some good international clinics there.
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weened



Joined: 10 Feb 2003
Location: May you live to be a thousand years.

PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2003 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had an ex-military guy at our school who claimed that a soldier could get you into see the doctor. He also definitively claimed that they won't see civilians.
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autumneve



Joined: 16 Jan 2003
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2003 10:01 pm    Post subject: Korean Docs are pretty good. Reply with quote

First, no you can't use military Doctors .
I think Korean doctors are as good at western docs, and they really try hard for the "wei-gooks" . I've been here six years, I've been sick and I've got friends that had life threaten conditoins, we have all been satisfied with the doctors and the treatment.
The biggest complaint I've got is that they will usually try to get you to do private teaching for them.
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mack the knife



Joined: 16 Jan 2003
Location: standing right behind you...

PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2003 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

autumneve
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...had life threaten conditoins...


whoa!!

i hope I never have conditoins!! sounds painful!! Wink
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sonofthedarkstranger



Joined: 15 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2003 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the tips. I (we) (well, she) ended up seeing a Korean doctor in Iksan.

You see, my fiance (a waygugin like myself) is pregnant. The doctor was kind and helpful and spoke passable English (although communication was a bit laborous at times). What struck me was that she didn't run tests on my fiance, nor give her any dietary, nutritional or other kinds of tips. No questions about her lifestyle, or if she drank or smoked or anything of that nature. She just gave us her congratulations and told us to come back in a few weeks to hear the heartbeat. Not a word about protein or vitamins or folic acid or ANYTHING like that. I thought that was a bit bizarre. Anyway, we're out of here in 39 days.
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