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Well it is official

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Neatly wrapped meds.

Neatly wrapped meds.

I have conjunctivitis (결막염) and I am not happy about it. That being said, my medical experience here in Korea was awesome. This is how is went down:

1) I grabbed my English-Korean/Korean-English dictionary and looked up conjunctivitis and saw that the Korean word was 결막염. 9:00am

2) I walked to the Chemist and showed her what I had and she directed me to an eye doctor in the same building. 9:15am

3) The doctor’s office opened at 9:30 and I was the 3rd patient seen. He confirmed that it was conjunctivitis (결막염) and wrote me a script. I paid my W4200. 9.40am.

4) I went back down to the Chemist and got my meds. (W3400) 9:45am.

5) I was home at 10:00am.

Unlike in the US, medication here is given out in wax envelopes. Typically one strip is good for one day. If there are any changes of meds that you take throughout the day, they mark it. In this instance, “after lunch” medication is different from my breakfast or diner sets, so they mark it for me.

The combination of drops and oral meds should have this thing cleared up in a few days. I return on Thursday for a follow-up. I really appreciate the fact that you can walk right into a specialist like that and get everything you need inside of an hour.


Written by Steve Miller

October 6, 2009 at 3:09 am

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  1. Cheap and no almost no wait time. That’s awesome!
    I hope it clears up soon! ❤


    October 6, 2009 at 9:06 am

  2. AWESOME!!!

    My opthomologist charged my 5000w for a 30minute (!!!) consultation!
    So cheap and efficient man. And I don’t even have med insurance.


    October 6, 2009 at 1:51 pm

  3. really that’s too bad

    i hope you finish that Early !

    and meds writed “건강약국” xD mean “healthy dispensary” xD


    October 6, 2009 at 6:06 pm

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