Wisdom teeth growth was one of those things that I always braced for but eased up on as I got deeper into my twenties. I thought, if I’ve made it this far without them showing up on an X-ray, I clearly am one of the chosen ones that would never have to deal with it. I cruised through early adulthood very much like an early adult, without any health or dental insurance to accompany me as I made very early adult decisions. But last year, after years of working odd jobs without insurance and a cocktail of natural, ayurvedic, and eastern healing techniques I found on google, I knew time was ticking to get my teeth checked. When I got to the office, the dentist told me I had not one, not two, but four wisdom teeth growing in. This especially irritated me because I barely have room for all my adult teeth, and now these nuggets were here to sabotage my WikiHow’d wellness retreat for one. Because I hadn’t had stable income for a while, I wasn’t covered on insurance in California before my move. So when the costs rang up, I was bound to pay hundreds of dollars, and not only that, but it would take a while to secure an affordable dentist because the offices are all so busy. So I decided to wait here, and I am so glad I did.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
Dental care in Korea is commonly of a high standard and very affordable with or without insurance. A typical cleaning and scaling costs about $60 (CAD) compared to $145 (CAD) back home in Toronto. The costs will be even cheaper if you are covered by the National Health Insurance Plan. I will guide you through my experience of successful dental treatments done in Korea.Read More
Contrary to getting wisdom teeth taken out in the U.S., things are done a little differently in Korea. For example, I only have one wisdom tooth left in my mouth because I’ve had three previously removed over the course of several months. I have never had to be put under for any of the procedures. Each only took between 5 - 10 minutes, and I only needed to have stitches one time. My situation sounds odd, doesn’t it? Usually, we are used to having them out in one go, but I think that the process I went through is much better than conventional procedures in America.Read More
When you are in a foreign country, whether to travel or to Teach English the last thing you want to do is visit a hospital. Many people that explore the world face getting sick or having an traumatic accident. Thankfully, expats that teach in Korea do not need to worry because the Korean health care system is one of the best. This is especially true if you are working for Chungdahm and are covered under the national health insurance plan. Below I detail some of my experiences dealing with Korean doctors, from a sprained ankle to a stomach bug, and how each time the service I was given proves how good the Korean health care system is.Read More
I can see! I had been wearing glasses since I was 7 years old in the first grade. Between then and my late teens, my eyes progressively worsened into a strong astigmatism. Before going to college, my parents bought me contacts. Because my astigmatism was so high, my parents at first and then I paid over $500 for contacts every year since college. But now fresh at 26, I can see without glasses or contacts after receiving an affordable LASIK eye procedure in Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea.
As you might remember from last week's post, I visited a Korean hospital because of some stomach pain. Last week’s blog covered the first hour I was at the hospital. I had 2 blood tests and 2 xrays done. By having them done in Korea and not America, I saved over $300. Here is the second hour of the the incredibly affordable and efficient hospital trip.
One scary thought that crosses many minds when thinking about risks of teaching English abroad is “what happens if I become seriously ill or injured, and I cannot communicate with doctors effectively?” Well in South Korea, you’ll be fine. You’ll be more than fine, actually. The health care I received a couple weeks ago was incredibly quick, thorough, and affordable.