Today at her school her co-teacher started telling her,
During my three years of teaching in the Incheon English program I wrote major portions of the orientation manual for new foreign teachers, and edited the entire manual. The manual that I was given when I first arrived in Korea--oh wait! There was NO MANUAL . . . but that's a story for another time. Suffice it to say that in 2006 when one was finally put together by the education office it was 'interesting.' I volunteered to edit and write new materials . . . I needed something to occupy my time at my desk when I didn't have classes, and also knew that it was desperately needed.
"You should go to the hospital . . ."
As a foreigner living and teaching in Korea—get used to hearing this statement a lot. Korea does not have a culture of family doctor clinics. So, when you have a mild illness or injury—you go to the hospital. If you have a stomachache or headache or even a head cold and cough—you go to the hospital. If you aren’t sure what medicine to buy at the pharmacy for your cold—go to the hospital . . . get the idea?
So, try and have some patience and understanding for this major cultural difference. When you are sick, or have a mild injury, you will not be at your best in terms of energy and thinking . . . but try and keep in mind that you are a visitor in Korea, and that the advice, "You should go to the hospital," is an expression of concern for your wellbeing, and the generally accepted, culturally normal thing to say to someone who appears to be unwell in any and all ways.
In general, Koreans are also not accustomed to many of the common medical terms and knowledge that Westerners learn through popular culture, and education in school. So, when they go to the hospital there is a strong faith and trust (what some might call a "blind trust") in the doctor that is quite common. Accepting the diagnosis without question, the prescribed pills (sometimes as many as 10 or more different kinds of pills) without knowing what they are, what they do, what their side-effects are, and what you should know in general about the medicine . . . Koreans generally just take their medicine and do as they are told by their doctor. Asking the nurse or doctor, who is about to give you an injection, ‘what is it?’, and, ‘why are you giving this to me?’—are just not seen as being necessary questions . . . keep these things in mind if and when you go to the hospital in Korea.
from, "Enjoy Teaching in Incheon" 2007
(I don't know why parts of this are bolded. I'm still learning how to use the blog and hopefully can fix this post later).