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Medical Checks in Korea?

 
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Scout



Joined: 09 Feb 2003

PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2003 9:54 pm    Post subject: Medical Checks in Korea? Reply with quote

Does Korea do the same checks for a work visa as Taiwan? In Taiwan I hear they take blood/urine/stool tests for various things....I am assuming diseases, drugs, etc....

Anyone experience this in Korea? Just curious.
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The Great Wall of Whiner



Joined: 24 Jan 2003
Location: Middle Land

PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2003 10:15 pm    Post subject: tests Reply with quote

Yes, in Taiwan, they submit you to a strange battery of medical tests.

- they demand Feces and Urine samples (which is hard when you didn't eat the day before!)

- Blood test

- Eye Chart test

They test for the "Heps" (A,B,C), STD's (includiung HIV), and a host of bacterial and viral infections.


In Korea they do not, which is strange because Koreans are more afraid of foreigners than Taiwanese are.
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Joined: 29 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2003 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes, in taiwan part of the work visa application is a medical exam which costs about sixty bucks canadian done at the hospital. it includes a chest x-ray looking for tuberculosis (by the way, a foreign teacher who had been in taiwan a year was told he had 'metal in his lungs'. it was particles of metal from car exhaust/pollution, which doesn't go away, so people wear masks driving their scooters)(then there was this foreign teacher, a young woman, who got back to canada after a year in taipei and the doctor in canada, looking at a chest x-ray said 'you've got to stop smoking' (she didn't smoke)). they take urine, blood, sometimes feces(but they discontinued that, overkill i guess). in the urine the form has a section for 'marijuana', 'amphetamine', 'opiate' with readings in micrograms. the blood results have section for 'hiv' and hepatitis. every year, sometimes every six months, another medical. when i was getting examined i realized that i've never had a medical check for a korean job.
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