K-Drama: Don’t you need to go to the hospital?

Have you noticed that? The smallest injuries or minor illnesses and somebody asks a character why they aren’t going to the hospital, and it seems to weird to me. ┬áTalk about drama!

I came across this while reading Culture Shock! Korea (this version published in the 90s, so some things are a bit out of date):

“Most hospitals in Korea have outpatient offices on the ground floor, so if you go to a large hospital you can probably get outpatient care for some medical problems when your Korean friend says needs to go to the hospital, he is probably referring to the outpatient offices, not the emergency room.”

So it seems “Don’t you need to go to the hospital” is really more like the English equivilant of “Are you sure you don’t need a doctor to look at that just in case?”

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