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Re: Arriving at your school with a homeland medical
By:Former FT in China
Date: 29 September 2016

You might not have said they should refuse to undergo medicals in their own countries, but I hope I have made it abundantly clear that they should so refuse. They should refuse because when they arrive in China the Chinese who asked then to arrive with a medical may well insist they undergo a Chinese medical, whatever they have promised before. It is doubtful if they will reimburse you the hundreds of pounds it costs you to have a medical done at home. Avoid trouble if you can, please. If the Chinese schools insist you arrive with a medical go and tell them to eat coke and find another school. What I mean really is say, "thank you no, the arrangement doesn't suit me."

It may be the case that the overall employment package offered by a particular employer is so attractive that despite the insistence on a homeland medical a jobseeker decides to accept the job offer. The high cost of a homeland medical pales into insignificance compared to the benefits of working for said employer. As I have already stated, the Chinese visa regulations do not require a 2nd medical to be taken in China if your homeland medical is satisfactory and within date, that is, not more than 3 months old.

When I first came to China, in 1994, the public college tried to pull that 2nd medical stunt on me. I refused, got my RP, and taught there for 2 years, 2 separate 1 year contracts, btw, without undergoing any new medicals, Chinese or homeland. In those days, everyone had to undergo a homeland medical first before going to China. These days, some provinces/employers still insist on it. If the job pays well, you might agree. But once in China you should refuse a 2nd medical in principle.

One needs to get 'bolshy' as u say, to let 'em know you have balls! Or they will take more liberties with you. Know your rights, and ensure the other side applies them to you. In my case, the trouble I made by refusing to take a medical in China had no negative repercussions, as I was offered a follow-on contract. So I had no regrets whatsoever about refusing. BTW, I was an independent hire unlike VSO teachers in that province at that time. They all took 2nd medicals so as not to rock the boat. Good for them! LOL!!

End of story!






Messages In This Thread

Arriving at your school with a homeland medical -- Former FT in China -- 25 September 2016
Re: Arriving at your school with a homeland medical -- Taffy -- 27 September 2016
Re: Arriving at your school with a homeland medical -- Former FT in China -- 27 September 2016
Re: Arriving at your school with a homeland medical -- Taffy -- 28 September 2016
Re: Arriving at your school with a homeland medical -- Former FT in China -- 28 September 2016
Re: Arriving at your school with a homeland medical -- Davyhulme -- 17 October 2016
Re: Arriving at your school with a homeland medical -- Taffy -- 17 October 2016
Re: Arriving at your school with a homeland medical -- Former FT in China -- 19 October 2016
Re: Arriving at your school with a homeland medical -- Taffy -- 20 October 2016
Re: Arriving at your school with a homeland medical -- Former FT in China -- 20 October 2016
Re: Arriving at your school with a homeland medical -- Taffy -- 20 October 2016
Re: Arriving at your school with a homeland medical -- Simon -- 20 March 2017
Re: Arriving at your school with a homeland medical -- Alias Taffy -- 3 April 2017
Re: Arriving at your school with a homeland medical -- expat hubby -- 4 April 2017
Re: Arriving at your school with a homeland medical -- Former FT in China -- 21 October 2016
Re: Arriving at your school with a homeland medical -- Taffy -- 28 September 2016
Re: Arriving at your school with a homeland medical -- Former FT in China -- 28 September 2016
Re: Arriving at your school with a homeland medical -- Taffy -- 29 September 2016
Re: Arriving at your school with a homeland medical -- Former FT in China -- 29 September 2016
Re: Arriving at your school with a homeland medical -- Former FT in China -- 28 September 2016

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