Sunday 9 October 2011

Hot Topic: Medical Checks

It's becoming more and more common for countries to require teachers to get medical checks. It's not just teachers who need checks, but people wanting to get resident visas are often required to get checks as well. You are often asked to fill out a form asking you questions about depression, drug use, or contagious diseases.

You'll have to see a doctor or two as well. Eye test, hearing test, chest x-ray, blood test, urine test, height, weight, blood pressure, EKG, and ultrasounds are usually required. Some countries have you go through all of these, some, or even more. If results come back positive, you will often be required to leave the country. For more info about blood tests and travel visit  HIV Travel, you'll find info there are tourist and work visas.

Some teachers don't like this and think that it's an invasion of privacy. Others feel targeted as they state that the country doesn't require medical checks for other people, just for English teachers.

Others feel that the checks are fair and say that if teachers don't like them, they can go to other countries where they're not required. Plus, it lets the insurance company know if you have any medical problems. Others still say that they're good because they keep out bad English teachers.

What do you think?
Should English teachers be required to get medical checks?  Did you need one for your visa?

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