So I just finished my medical check up at the hospital but I failed my urine test because I had higher levels of occult blood. That means that I have blood in my urine that cant be seen by the naked eye. I am well aware of this and have been cleared by my doctor in America. However, I was alone at the hospital and had no one to speak English to. Now I have to turn in my sealed enveloped results to immigration so I can get my ARC card. My question is, is this going to cause me to have to leave the country or is this not a big deal, like having bad hearing or eyesight? I mean its not like I have AIDS or STDs or tested for drugs. Help!! Anyone heard anything like this?
Failed Medical Check?
I am not an expert on this but I think the two things that will make you fail a medical test is 1) drug test failure2) aids/hiv test failure .
The test contains many tests . I think the medical test paper contains a pass or fail on it regarding ones general medical condition . So if someone had high blood sugar or high blood pressure it would not make someone fail the test . I think if you had a Korean go with you and you asked the hospital they could tell you if you got a pass or fail on the test . However since the paper is sealed you cant open it . Since if you open it the paper will be refused .
I think the problem is, is that it was the urine test that failed and if my knowledge is correct it's the urine test that is the test for drugs such as marijuana.
I've just had to look up 'occult blood' to get a better understanding of the problem and from what I can gather that even if there were traces of drugs in the urine test (which of course I'm not suggesting there were) they are unable to test the urine properly to deduce this, therefore the whole test is just failed. Which leaves reasonable doubt.
Unfortunately I don't have many suggestions except to try another hospital with English speaking medical staff. I would suggest the kind nurse who always offers her help on these forums at Dong Eui Medical Center which has a whole department dedicated to foreigners. At least then you could explain the problem and see if there is anything that can be done or added to the medical test report to get you past immigration.
Her name on her profile is Heisung her contact numbers are 010-9457-8941 or 051-850-8941
Her profile is here if you would prefer to send her a private message http://koreabridge.net/users/heisung
I've never met or used her services, but she does seem very helpful indeed.
State side if you are pulled over for drunk driving . You are given a choice take a breathe test or go to station and take a blood test . If you have been drinking its always better to take a blood test since alcohol has more time to be absorbed , However it more time to go to station . So I would guess It would be possible to take a drug test by blood . But that is only my guess ,
State side there is drug testing by blood . In Korea perhaps they do it too . I googled it but information is a maze of information ,
"Occult blood" can mean RBC(red blood cell) slightly above the normal range in your urine.
From my experience, if you drink a lot of water and get retested ( urine test with microscopic view which costs about 10,000 won with Korean Health Insurance), the results are usually in the normal range unless there is a real medical issue for which you should seek treatment.
I had blood in my urine at my last medical check up for immigration last year and I had to go in again for a few more tests to make sure it wasn't a kidney disease. However, I never had any problem with a failed test or anything. I'm pretty sure the only way to fail is like what a person above said: 1)drugs 2)HIV
Go get retested or get a Korean to go with you to see what the reason you failed your test was, because maybe there was just a problem with the test, but it wasn't a failure as far as the immigration side of things are concerned.