Health Care Costs in Korea. “We’re getting hosed in the U.S.” –Matthew

Korean Health Care Costs

Tue May 13, 2008 8:26 pm (PDT) (Note: The following is the text of an email sent by the son of a friend of mine. The son is a U.S. citizen teaching in Korea)

I thought you might find this interesting.I went to the Sokcho hospital for my health check-up today.It consisted of:1) Blood test for HIV/AIDS2) Urine test for drugs3) Full chest x-ray for pneumonia/TB4) Height/weight/vision/blood pressure checksIt cost a whopping $50.00…and I don’t have insurance yet. How much would that run in the states?Take care, Matthew”

PS: Another teacher just called me — he won’t be at work today as he has pneumonia. Doctor visit — $3.00, Antibiotics and a huge bottle of codeine — $7.60. I love Korea…we so get hosed in the states, Matthew”

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