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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 10:58 AM

A dispatch from an American in Korea: !!!$4.00 for my prescription medicines!!!

As comparison, a dispatch from an American in Korea:



This is the medicine Iím currently taking, not including cough syrup. I went to the ear nose and throat doctor yesterday and he prescribed all this to be taken three times a day for three days. Like a typical American I saw the list and balked thinking about how expensive all this medication would be (even if it is for just a three day supply), but when I went to the pharmacist to have the prescription filled, the total came out to 4,400 won. Thatís about 4usd for those of you who donít know the conversion.

I know that some of my readers live in countries where this is the norm, but as an American I found it awesome. This is my third time getting prescription medicine from a pharmacy and every time the low cost surprises me.

In other news, I walked into the doctors office, which I had never been to before, with no appointment and was seen in under an hour. Hoon apologized, explaining that Seoul has lots of people, and right now allergies and common cold is going around. I wanted to laugh as I thought if I were in America nowÖ

And my visit with the doctor (a specialist by the way)? 3,800 won (well under 4usd).

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kpete Apr 2012 OP
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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:17 AM

1. Yeah, but they are probably made with fetal tears and panda horns.

Because everyone knows that only American medication are pure as the driven snow.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:19 AM

2. Serious question. You plan on staying? nt

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 12:46 PM

3. For those who don't have personal experience let me give a view of wht I've seen

My parents retired back in the late 70's They had OK incomes and salted away a few dollars for retirement. They were both in good health until their eighties. When they started to have to pay $1K a month in co-pays for their drugs things got tough. I was lucky enough to be able to pick up the slack but how many out there don't have friends or family who can do the same?

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