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Korea ranks second on the global education index

Notorious for the amount spent on higher education, Korea reaps the rewards ranking second out of 50 countries by Pearson Education on a new global education index called the Learning Curve.


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The National Health Insurance Plan premium is deducted automatically from your monthly salary at a rate of 5%. It is calculated from your first date of employment and your school will match your contribution. The benefit package means you will pay 20% to 50% of the treatment received at a hospital or medical clinic and 30% of the charge for prescription drugs.

If you are worried about the standard of healthcare in Korea then don’t! Although Korea does not have a free healthcare system you will never go without proper care and treatment. There are numerous hospitals and clinics which you can attend and be seen by an English speaking physician almost immediately without the need for an appointment. Koreans are obsessed with their health and you will be pleasantly surprised with the treatment you receive.

As part of your contract and as required by law you will be provided with health insurance, the premium will be split 50/50 between you and your school. There are 2 options for you to consider:

You and your director may decide to take out a private insurance policy with an insurance company in Korea. If is this case you’ll usually have to pay a one off fee at the start of your employment to cover the yearly premium, 50% will be paid by you and the other 50% by your school . Every insurance policy is different and will cost varying amounts but you can expect to pay between 300,000 - 400,000 won (£150 - £200).

There are a few important points about health insurance that you should be aware of:

There is no specific list of what medical procedures are covered by the national medical insurance plan. Therefore, you may want to check with your physician/health practitioner in advance to find out if the treatment is covered or not.

However, to give you some examples of what you’ll need to pay with the national insurance plan:

The Korean government requires that all foreign workers have national health insurance coverage, regardless of whether or not they also covered by a foreign/global policy while in Korea. (Note: As of mid/late 2007, if a foreign national can show that he/she already has domestic medical coverage, the choice of also paying for the Korean national medical insurance will be optional.  National medical insurance provides for a discounted cost on some medical services and procedures with the patient paying the balance. When using global insurance, the patient pays first and then submits a claim to her/his insurance carrier.

Dentists are generally quite cheap and provide exceptional services. There will be a dentist within walking distance to where you live, there’s usually no need for an appointment, you can walk in a be seen immediately. Most dentists can speak English but be careful, many are eager to fill your mouth with metal, just take a look at your students' teeth!

To give you an example of prices if you have national health insurance:

The National Health Insurance Plan

A national health card

Korean Healthcare

Private Health Insurance Policy

Dental Treatment

NB. Non-emergency dental treatment is not covered under your health insurance plan.