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do you qualify for national health insurance?
Not yet, first six months on D4 I have to use private insurance. I got some insurance from the university but not much information about it, and I couldnโ€™t pay it yet until I get my residence card, bank account a phone number and so onโ€ฆ so maybe Iโ€™m not covered. Only know that the thing for 6 months costs only 70k won, which doesnโ€™t look like much, and Iโ€™m looking into different possibilities.

The thing that scared me the most is that even in an emergency treatment I need to pay before and claim after with the insurance that the university got for me.
I would ask the university about terms and conditions for the insurance.

Private health insurance is very uncommon in Korea. If you wanna be extra careful, you can buy a nomad insurance like Signa or Safetywing.

Fwiw, even without an insurance, medical cost is still lower than most of western countries. For example, a brain MRI scan would cost 350k KRW (around $300 USD) [1]

[1] www.scc-health.com/non-payment/?ckattempt=1
$4000 for appendicitis surgery for uninsured. $800 for insured www.gibbeumhospital.com/JH_center/center.asp?center_idx=210&p_cate_idx=6&cate_idx=48#
Speaking of does anyone have good seoul dr recs? Dentists particularly. Imma need to get a prescription for allergy meds soon with all these ๐ŸŒธ
I do all my medical stuff through Seoul Guide Medical, theyโ€™re a concierge service for foreigners. They provide translators and will help you pick doctors. My personal dentist is fine but sheโ€™s in Gangnam and I only picked her because she works with my orthognathic surgeon.
Yes, I was thinking about this, because no other solution kinda convinces me. Thanks for the info and the links! I did found already that medicine is way cheaper than in other countries here. I just came from Poland, which in Europe is considered a cheap country and medicine was more expensive than here ๐Ÿค”
If you're in gangbuk area, i recommend doctor noah. They are pretty honest and the head dentist can speak some English.
Looks like they're trying to get a nomad visa done this year
amir3mo
Could be a good deal for those who donโ€™t remit their income to Korea. Itโ€™s basically tax free for the first 5 years.
Yeah with the tax incentives and the ultra fast internet i could see Seoul becoming the biggest nomad hub in east asia
It's not quite as cheap as chiang mai but it's surprisingly close and the infrastructure is much better
amir3mo
I donโ€™t see that happening until they clean up the air. Itโ€™s gone downhill every year since I got here in 2016. But Iโ€™m long Jeju, still amazing minus the winter.
Hmm yeah Jeju makes more sense than Seoul, you're right
Although I think nomads are pretty tolerant of seasonal air quality issues if chiang mai is any indication
Or busan
They always say itโ€™s the San Francisco!
So Iโ€™m living near the Gangnam station and the same women keep trying to give strangers a bag with something in it. Every weekday. Iโ€™m dying to know what brand of scam this is. They are very forceful and people are openly hostile to them.
There are other women who come up super close to people and just start chatting but I dunno if theyโ€™re connected. Just a lot of scams happening on the street over there. Like anywhere, no shade on Gangnam. Just funny that itโ€™s so obvious even I am like, thatโ€™s a scam.
Are they selling real estate?
amir3mo
I think those grandmas are peddling real estate investments, maybe commission based. Should investigate next time.
I think thatโ€™s what it is
selling units in new apartment complexes
thatโ€™s why they never approach foreigners, thereโ€™s almost no chance we buy
They did approach me! At least until I rebuffed them a bunch of times. This makes sense based on the number of cranes in this area
Juhyun says they are gift bags full of tissues and if you take the bag then in return you need to tour the model unit in the apartment complex
why is the gift in the bag always tissues?
โ€œbecause everybody needs tissuesโ€
๐Ÿคท doesnโ€™t make sense to me either
amir3mo
๋ฌผํ‹ฐ์Šˆ, you get it at some gas stations where the attendant pumps for you!
is there any news when they will ease quarantine restrictions that forces tourists to stay at their quarantine facilities for those that are vaccinated?
I talked to someone today who is fully vaccinated and had to quarantine a couple weeks ago. Thereโ€™s no exception yet
Update people near my apt are trying to sell apts but others are trying to convert me to their cult. I guess they saw me enough to give me their flyer finally. It was Grace Road Church. I canโ€™t link to it but if you Google ๐Ÿšฉ
You havenโ€™t really done Korea until youโ€™ve tried a cult
lol i feel like my devotion to cuchara should be considered as such
In the name of the sour cream, the pinto beans, and the holy guacamole. Amen.
okay thanks for the help!
Anyone know of good ways to get short term housing (3-4 mo) in Seoul other than AirBNB?
Hey lspaeddrnws not sure what you are looking for. But if u want coliving types, check out Local Stitch() and Seoul Nooks(), Nonce()
Thanks for those tips! Iโ€™m open to both coliving and a private apartment, but Iโ€™ll be sure to check those links out ๐Ÿ™‚
There are a considerable number of normal 3 month leases but youโ€™ll have to put a deposit of like 3K down. I have a realtor recommendation if you need it
Yeh I used to live in a short-term lease, fully furnished apartment near to Gangnam stationโ€ฆwas about 2 months deposit which I got back in full.
sounds good, Iโ€™ll be sure to reach out as needed. Thanks!
There are the goshiwons if you want truly the cheapest possible option ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
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