Episode 23 - Being Sick Abroad: Hospitals, Pharmacies, Doctors, and Medicine


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We all get sick from time to time. It's inevitable. You can then go to your own personal doctor that you know and trust. But, when you get sick while traveling or living abroad, it can be particularly nerve-wracking. You have to find a new doctor and make sure that that doctor is credible and speaks your language, even just a little!

In this episode of the podcast, we talked about our own experiences getting sick in Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, and the Czech Republic. We talked about:

  • Getting blood drawn from a nurse who had old dried blood on her gloves
  • Traveler's diarrhea in Thailand and the best medicine to have with you to combat that while traveling
  • Public vs. Private hospitals in Thailand
  • Why our one experience in a public hospital in Thailand was horrifying
  • Having constant colds in South Korea due to germs from children, the climate, stress, and other reasons
  • Visiting private international hospital in South Korea
  • Getting a basic health check for teaching English in Korea-- robe, slippers, and all
  • Being able to see inside our bodies on HD TVs
  • Almost free healthcare in Korea
  • Feeling well in Vietnam after being constantly sick in Korea
  • Then, getting constant diarrhea for 7 months straight
  • Marilyn foolishly taking over the counter antibiotics in Vietnam and seriously messing with the biome of her body
  • The "English translation fee" in the Czech Republic
  • Paying absolutely nothing for X-rays and a doctor's visit in the Czech Republic
  • Pharmacies in Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, and the Czech Republic
  • Some of the best travel insurance around

And much more! If you'd like to learn more about this topic, be sure to check out our blog post here!

Thank you so much for listening! Cheers!

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