I have been living in Korea for 10 months now and I have used Koreabridge to inform myself on everything but today I thought I would share as I just returned from my second post - op visit from Dongeui Medical Center.
WARNING: My account is LONG and DETAILS a Pelvic Exam and Post- Surgical details. You've been warned!
Before leaving NY I had gone for a pelvic exam and they detected something. An ultra sound alone would cost me $800 so I ignored it. Until this past July of 2013 when I felt a sudden twang in my uterus. The only other time I had used my insurance here was for an eye exam on the 8th floor of Ion City right outside of Seomyeon station which set me back 30 minutes and 10 dollars. (They have an English speaking desk assistant, and the Opthalmologist's is okay but not the Optometrist who just mimes where to look/what to do.)
I found myself running. Not that I was being rushed but because every test is so fast. Blood work was instant. From the corner of the room I heard "I like your tattoo." The accent was California Valley girl but the woman was clearly a Korean blood lab assistant. "It's very pretty," she continued. She'd spent some summers in Cali. Go figure. Before I can say anything else Nurse Lee hands me a cup for the urine test and then off to the next room. There the EKG room nurse tells me to lie down. She mimes that I should lift up my top. But I am not certain and she does it for me. Again I am embarrassed as she places plastic clamps on my ankles and wrist and small suction cups under my bra. I try to breathe as I watch the machine print out my heart rate.