TL;DR – Health Care in Korea

this week's TLDR concert Martina who wants to talk about being sick in Korea because guess who's sick in Korea right now somebody feels very poufy Martina has a very very bad cold so we're at home today we're familiar till they are here and we're going to tell you about pop here Ellie at me we're gonna talk about health care and other things you need to know about health in Korea go up you go up but Allah this hurts ah plastic line where you can hits in the whole exercise books Allah is what we eat at the grilling restaurant woke up cold mani Appa Appa big sissy today and the thing is I'm getting sick right now so I feel my eyes burning and my throat's starting to slow but I've got the attitude of light well I'm getting in sick anyway and sometimes I'll just enjoy my free time while I still have it okay so being sick in Korea can kinda suck because anything that you're used to keep going that's the whole course what's a cough is anything that you're used to from your home that's comforting like chicken noodle soup or like maybe your mom cooking something for you you're not going to find that here so I'm actually in the background I'm actually making Juke which is supposedly a health food of choice whenever you have a cold Juke is pretty much like really really boiled down rice into like a soup it's like chicken it's like chicken noodle soup it's like chicken rice soup well if that's what you want to make it as but it's also for babies for babies old people and thickness guesses a sick old baby right now right I'm making myself chicken Jude okay anyway so let's say we want to talk about something like health care oh boy that's exciting hey if you come to move to Korea you're gonna live here and you actually have an employer who is paying for health care it's usually 50% coverage or a little bit more but it's not like Canada we're blessed awesome Canada yes we're health care for everyone so when we were teaching we had we used the hospital several times I say hospital and not doctor's office because most foreigners are living here don't go through the effort of getting like a personal doctor so we usually check into hospitals when we're sick and it's not like you you're not going to wait in a hospital for hours like a hospital means you're probably guaranteed an English speaker at the front desk who could help you then from there it gets really confusing so thank God for having that person around they'll take you from like corner to corner to place to place all the hospital waiting room and then like the doctor comes in it's like there are a whole bunch of different wings and they'll just like allocate you to a wing like this is the throat wing now the thing is when you go to a hospital not everything is going to be paid for for you so if you will even though you have health coverage you're gonna have to pay a little bit afterwards but it's not a lot of money's now a few years ago I had this incredible pain in my groin when I try to stand up I couldn't like be more than like this many degrees if I tried to stand up straight I felt a lot of pain in my groin so I went to the hospital for it and then they're like hmm looks like you have kidney stones so they did an ultrasound of like oh you don't have kidney stones turns out that your appendix is about to explode and you can die in half now if you don't go into surgery right away so I'm like holy I'm gonna die so I called Martina a way like you have to leave your school right now and come to the hospital because I might die this might be the last time that we ever speak so she came to the hospital and then they did a test me a giant CT scan like they put dye in my blood and it was a really fancy pants machine and then the test turned out that I'm totally fine I just have a pulled groin so again a slap in the ass and they send me home all these tests you know I like how they start with like the worst diagnosis and they work their way down like all these tests and all the medicine that they want to give me afterwards only cost me like 120 bucks so even if people don't have health care which we've had happened before um like friends or family that visit 800 bucks 200 bucks like for something big like using a machine like an MRIs or like having your ankle casted because I didn't have health coverage at that time right all that can cost you under a hundred dollars that's pretty good so even though Korea has a lot of technology when it comes to the medical industry it's not very expensive for you yeah now if you're staying at the hospital altogether there's like all these fancy-pants rooms that you can rent which you've probably seen from Korean dramas because I remember people asking us before 40 LDRs are all Korean hospitals decked out with like TVs and like all these crazy no no those are the swanky Hospital thing I know I'm if you're like Samsung or LG or ball in it in some way but we unfortunately are not so balling so we cannot tell you what those experiences although the University Hospital in Bhutan we kept wondering why everyone was so hot all right worker look like it was a set of like a drop off no are there cameras here like it every one of doctors waiver their hair looking long hair and then we found out later on so Universal Hospital some people are young attractive people which sucks cuz when you break your ankle and you go somewhere you bald like Harry dirty shaved legs and the doctors like hi can I help you I'm like on you know it's really cool about the medicine that you get is that you don't get like a bottle of all the medicine they pretty much give you like little baggies with your serving that you supposed to take so if you're supposed to have medicine with your meal they'll give you a little package of the medicine that you're supposed to take at that meal with this like strip there like a cliff you know looks like oh no it looks like a condom package that little strip of like little like pre-party but they're all filled with lots of medicine in them yeah and the only thing that concerns us is that the first time you get medicine here take these so 20,000 how every every package has like seven thing seven different pills in them and it turns out when you ask them what it is they'll give you really strong medicine and they will also give you medicine to prevent the nausea that you will get from that strong medicine yeah so honestly it's really hard for us to take medicine in Korea because even though the pharmacist speaks English or doctor speaks English no one really breaks down all the pills you're taking I want to know what I put into yeah so we don't really take a lot of medicine to begin with so to get a package of like nine things feels really uncomfortable to me so we usually just don't end up taking anything so when we go back home to Canada we tried to stock up on some of our favorite things like a cough serum or for example like if you use Buckley's or if you use like rollbacks to set us up the model slides you're not going to find that in Korea so what I recommend that you do is instead of trying to get that specific name-brand look at the medical ingredients on the back so for example if you get like sudafed all the time for like sinus infections the actual ingredient is pseudoephedrine so make sure you remember that because when you bring that to Korea you could ask the pharmacist for sudafed Rijn they won't have it as sudafed as a brand that you know and they'll give you the Korean version of that way it's very cheap it's usually like every box of medication usually hops us between $2 to $6 I've never spent like 20 bucks on medicine at all everything is like so small and so cheap now one thing that you might have to watch out for depending on if you grow up with her or not is that despite Korea having like super great technology in the hospitals and like having medicine that works then we try to sneak in some natural herbal medicine and the medicine manner she machinery of all the medicine I've had only one has ever worked nicely for me the rest of them made me really sick and maybe if you ever complain about having stomach pain you go to a pharmacy there even a bottle bottle of like liquid Earth herbal poison vomit-inducing nastiness maybe asian people are okay with it whenever I tried like you know worse yeah I get it really bad do you remember when I took that weird package and rip it off and you just take down this package it was felt like it was filled with little grains and then later on I threw it off and because the little grains are GIGN Fanning's been into jelly so when you throw up you're throwing up delicious jelly instead yeah what I wouldn't say they were delicious I grew up a stream of soft bubble tea I was just like and you know what they also have medicine that makes you throw up rainbows when you're happy okay but I don't think that medicine was supposed to be we throw up is the point the point is that me with evil medicine anyhow we're gonna tell you some more stories about this on our blog so make sure you click on and like you to check it out and if you want to leave any sympathy comments for Martina the big sissy baby or for me because I'm going to be a sissy baby in a few days when I get Martina school you're gonna get the second straight it won't be as bad so that's it for this week's TLDR if you have a question for next TL DR leaving question in the comment section below it's your line or check out the questions already asked and you can thumb them up to bring them to our attention and don't forget to subscribe for more TL DRS where Martina is going to be a whiny sissy baby and we're gonna snuggle on her catches with coffees and blankets yesterday Martina was like hey my nose is breathing really hot air you want to feel it and she brought my arm up to her and then she started breathing on it and then she snot it all over my arm it was in rows you want to feel my hot air in my hot snotty boogies it wasn't that's what marriage just to you six years of marriage snot on the arms it was an actually


  1. When i was a teen i was experiencing horrid stomsch pain and extreme vomitting. Doctor looked me on the face and said is there anyway you can be pregnant. Biiiiiitttttccchhhh. I was angry i was sick in the emergency room because i was missing yugioh that morning. So no. I wasnt pregnant. It took 12 hours for them to diagnose me with appendicitist and if they waited ten minutes more it wouldve exploded. So I would much rather get drastic horrib bad diagnoses than them trying to tell you ummm are you sure you arent the next virgin Mary. 😂

  2. It would be awesome to have a video like this one for japan !!!

    Love xXx

  3. America, where the medical field is a business and not about healing people.

  4. Now that you guys live in Japan, can you do a video about Japanese health care? Thanks!

  5. Whoa that's Simon?! I'm new to the channel and started watching the newer ones so I'm surprised to see how much he's changed

  6. So,if you do view your old videos,would you say that Korean or Japanese health care is better?

  7. Sumatriptan ( abdominal migraines) is like $20 per pill, its unbelievable ahaha. Korea! If u cheap, we will be good!

  8. Omg, when I hear and read this, I'm very happy to live in Germany. Health Care is for free, even most Stuff at the dentist. And if you need a Therapie like me, when I get Depression, my Health Care will pay that too! But Not forever, It's around a 100 hours but I think It's different with a chronic mental illness.

  9. So what does the phrase she said when she pointed at her nose mean?

  10. meanwhile, in the US, you have to pay like $700 just for them to ask you questions about your symptoms… no joke. I literally was in their office for five minutes and all she used was a stethoscope and boom… it's crazy expensive here for simple healthcare.

  11. Buckley it tastes awful and it works.

  12. Wait so how much does it normally cost? Cause I like in Australia and we have free health care

  13. Just in case anyone is watching this in 2018, it's super different now. Almost all the hospital costs are covered by the government through your VISA, so you only pay very tiny amounts, even if you go to the doctor for tests its max $20 until you have surgery or stuff. Furthermore, if you are required to do what you go to do (for example this year we had to have a TB test) then it is totally free and I think is paid by your school.

  14. In the US I had a CAT scan and they gave me the dye it felt like I wet myself

  15. gets sick in Korea
    No eyebrows, no shower, no lip gloss, no makeup, no shave
    Sees hot doctor
    Feels even more sick
    I was in urgent care Sunday I had a really good looking doctor I looked beat up. More than the actual being beat up that happened Saturday

  16. Hey simon you thought your appendix was about to explode mine actually did

  17. Meemers being a butt in the background

  18. This is why everybody wants to be a doctor here. It’s either that or you can’t afford to be sick.

  19. So those granules are actually pretty awesome you pour the packed in your mouth, it tastes sweet, then you drink it down with a whole glass of water. It regulates your bowels. If things are moving too fast, it helps slow it down and if things aren't moving, it helps them along. After my csection, my baby and I lived on that stuff for 2 weeks, I think. Hers was a little in every other bottle, mine was a lot 3 times a day. So weird that it made you throw up. I'm tempted to think maybe you didn't take it with enough water?

  20. $200 for a CT scan???? O.o Wait you didn't have to sell a kidney or your first born? Dang Korea has their stuff together. Catch up US XD

  21. i love how the picture of condoms isn't just some random picture from the internet. It is an actual picture from the condoms in their room.

  22. I feel like there is a genetic difference in response to those drinks. It always works for me but my western friends puke lol

  23. Luckily Australia has universal healthcare and has something that's called Bulk Billing at some doctor surgeries, meaning that it can cover most health services.

  24. did meemers make that jump?

  25. Anyone see Meemers jump?😂

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