Last week, I just had to see a doctor with whom I can comfortably discuss my son’s throat infection. Hubby was able to set an appointment with the Pediatric Doctor from the International Health Care Center of Severance Hospital last Friday.
The International Health Care Center runs on an appointment system and if you want to make an appointment you may call 2228-5800 (24 hours) or 392-3404.
The lady doctor was able to settle our worries and assured us that throat infections are especially common to toddlers. There was nothing to worry about. I just needed to continue with his medication and there was no need to give him antibiotics. I also asked about the practice of the pediatricians in the clinic where we usually go where they give antiobiotics for two or three days and prescribe another set for two or three days more depending on how the kid responds to the medication. This practice worried me because the practice back in the Philippines is, an antiobiotic should be taken for seven days whether the patient is ok or not. Otherwise, there will be danger of a recurring, more severe sickness. The lady doctor assured us not to worry about this.
After almost thirty minutes of consultation with her, we proceeded to pay our bill. Bill: 59,720-won (USD46.28). Hubby immediately asked me if I presented our insurance card. When I did, we only had to pay 26,720-won (USD20.71). In contrast, when we go to the ordinary pediatric clinic, we pay around 1,800 – 2,800-won per consultation (with insurance card).
Indeed, the price one needs to pay for English speaking doctors and staff.
And, oh, for the steep price we paid, the lady doctor who attended to us last Friday said that my son still had a mild throat inJection. LOL.