Slice of Life Entry Challenge #15
I sit on the hard stool, waiting to be examined by the doctor, he looks at my chart on the computer screen. It is my first time there and I’m getting my throat checked at the doctor’s office in my building. I have to admit I will miss having an ENT doctor, dentist, dry cleaners, cafe, bakery, restaurants, 7-11, and more all in my apartment building when I move.
He asks me in Korean, why don’t I have insurance. I try to explain that as a foreigner I have a separate int’l insurance, but he doesn’t seem to understand why I didn’t get Korean insurance. He tells me like he’s my parent, that I should get Korean insurance if I’m staying here long. Also, he says other Korean-Americans he knows get Korean insurance. I don’t feel like arguing so I just sit there an nod my head. He looks at me with eyes of disapproval. I just hope that he will do the check up.
He pokes my nose and mouth with his instruments. Then, tells me that he will prescribe me medicine that might make me sleepy. After a few minutes, I’m escorted to the side where there are two machines. The assistant tells me to put the tube like thing into my nose and press the red button to start it. I need to do it for 60 seconds in both nostrils. I obediently follow the directions and go to the front desk when I’m finished. I receive my prescription and my bill. About $11 for the check up, and that with’s no insurance. I go to the pharmacy next door and a few minutes later I receive my bag of medicine. It costs $11 as well, again with no insurance.
So there it is. A typical experience of going to the doctor in Korea. 10 minutes to see the doctor (no appointment made). 3 minutes to get the prescription right next door. I take the elevator and I’m in my apartment. I love Korea.