Philippine President Arroyo hails new hospital St. Luke's Medical Center Global City

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Via Philippine Daily Inquirer  01/16/2010 MANILA, Philippines—President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Saturday marveled at the state-of-the-art and “hotel-like” facilities of the spanking new St. Luke's Medical Center Global City at The Fort in Taguig City, calling it a “quantum leap in medical care.”

“It looks like a five-star hotel,” she gushed while walking around the presidential suite that features a special bed, daybed sofa, leather recliner, flat TV, a desktop computer, and a jacuzzi in the patient's room.  But more than the amenities, the 250-sq m suite, which has a dining area, kitchen and a guestroom, and costs P50,000 a day, offers a refreshing view of Taguig's skyline.   The new facility has a 14-storey, 600-bed nursing tower with a helipad.

If St. Luke's QC was “better than 95 percent of hospitals in America,” the new facility is “better than 99 percent of the hospitals,” she added to cheers and applause.  With its team of 60 customer care officers, free Internet connection in patient suites and a 24/7 concierge service, among other amenities, the hospital is being managed like a hotel, observed Sinan Yilmaz, Edsa Shangri-la general manager.

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New Hospital about to give Makati Med a Run for Its Money

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History of Medical Tourism in the Philippines

Friday, January 15, 2010

Philippines had an Initial head start on Medical Tourism

Via Business Mirror:  Although the Philippine government only started promoting medical tourism in 2006, Philippine hospitals have been receiving foreign patients for over three decades now. There was a time when some Philippine hospitals were considered the best in the region, with people from as far as the US seeking medical treatment here.

When Imelda Marcos put up the Philippine Heart Center in 1975, it became an important center for cardiac care in the Asia-Pacific region because of its foreign-trained medical personnel, state-of-the-art facilities, and advanced medical care and research. The Heart Center was at the forefront of developing bio-prosthetic valves and prototype medical equipment. It was a trailblazer in coronary angioplasty in the region.

Medical tourism in the Philippines

Although foreign nationals have been coming to the Philippines for medical treatment as early as the 1970s, medical tourism as a government program only took off in 2006 when the Departments of Health, Tourism, Foreign Affairs, and Trade and Industry identified the Health and Wellness Services Program as one of their flagship programs.

The Philippine Medical Tourism Program has four domains: full hospital care and treatment; specialty clinics (e.g., eye, dental, and cosmetic services); wellness and spa centers; and retirement and long-term care for the elderly.

According to the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, cataract surgery costs $950 in Thailand, $1,424 in the Philippines, and $1,014 in Malaysia. Liposuction in the Philippines costs $1,400. Patients in Thailand have to spend $1,365 only for the same procedure.

Total knee replacement surgery is more expensive in the Philippines at $5,639, compared to $5,500 in Thailand and $4,342 in Malaysia. India boasts that its medical rates are 40% to 60% lower than the rates in the US and UK.

Philippine medical professionals are also fluent in English, which reduces the possibility of error and misunderstanding between doctor and foreign patient. Medical professionals in the country, particularly the nurses, are known for their hospitality, skills, and excellent patient care, which makes them in demand in foreign hospitals abroad.  Continue reading here

Medical Tourism – an option for the rising cost of American Healthcare & Medical Tourism Explore globalization

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Medical Tourism – an option for the rising cost of American Healthcare

From the TravelInsurance blog:  While medical care is the main purpose for traveling to a foreign country, you are more or two weeks rest in a holiday paradise is also attractive.  Continue reading

Medical Tourism Explore globalization –
From the TravelInsurance blog:  The transaction costs in Argentina, Cuba, India, Bolivia, Thailand, Colombia, Philippines and South Africa tenth of what could the United States or Western Europe, and sometimes even less.

A heart-valve replacement, the United States would cost $ 200,000 or more in the United States, for example, goes for $ 10,000 in the Philippines and India and the return flight and a short break includes package.Similarly, a metal – free dental bridge worth $ 5500 inUScosts $ 500 in India and in Bolivia, and only $ 200 in the Philippines, a knee replacement in Thailand with six days of physical therapy costs about one fifth of what the United States, and the value of Lasik Eye Surgery of 3,700 dollars in the USA and many other countries for only $ 730   Continue to read his complete article here

PHILIPPINES: Philippine medical tourism rebounds as slump eases

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The future of medical tourism in the Philippines will not solely depend on the volume of foreign clients coming to the country to seek medical help, but its growth is largely reliant on the Filipinos working abroad.

He pointed out world-sought-after Filipino nurses and good English speaking medical professionals, as one of the advantages of the Philippines,  “There are still challenges that the medical institutions in the country should address seriously. This is in providing world-class medical services and technology, as the Philippines is already on top in terms of human-touch. We need to work together in addressing issues that hamper growth in attracting medical tourists, and the foreign retiree market. The Philippines will only succeed if more medical institutions will get international accreditation and improve medical services. 
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Hospitals, clinics and medical centers in Philippines catering to medical tourism.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Beverly Hills Medical Group
Makati, Philippines
A multispecialty surgery center offering services spanning a wide coverage in a one stop facility located in heart of Makati City.

World Citi Med
Quezon City, Philippines
This tertiary hospital which offers a wide range of medical services is located in Quezon City, Philippines

Asian Hospital and Medical Center
Muntinlupa City, Philippines
This health care institution is located in Manila, Philippines.

Beaufaces Facial Center
Quezon City, Philippines
The Beaufaces Facial Centre is located in Quezon City, Philippines. It offers cosmetic surgery, facial care, and other aesthetic procedures

David Surgi-Center
Quezon City, Philippines
The David Surgi-Center has provided its clients with professional caring and confidential cosmetic advice and service at all times..

Dr. Florencio Q Lucero
Manila, Philippines
Dr. Florencio Q. Lucero is a plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience. He specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

EYE REPUBLIC Ophthalmology Clinic
Manila, Philippines
The EYE REPUBLIC Ophthalmology Clinic is a chain of eye care clinic in Manila with its flagship clinic at Don Santiago Building.

Instituto Estetico
Manila, Philippines
This aesthetic surgery centre is located in Makati City, Philippines. It primarily offers cosmetic surgery but also offers other services

Makati Medical Center
Manila, Philippines
This multi-specialty tertiary medical centre is situated in Makati City, Philippines. It has been in operation for more than 35 years

Metropolitan Medical Center
Manila, Philippines
This medical institution is located in Manila, Philippines. It offers a wide range of medical services and houses several specialty centres.

San Juan de Dios Educational Foundation
Pasay City, Philippines
This medical institution is the oldest hospital in the Philippines having been established in 1578. It provides different medical services

YSA Skin Care Center
Quezon City, Philippines
This is a chain of aesthetic health care clinics having branches all over the Philippines and in major shopping malls.

Sacred Heart Dental Clinic
Caloocan City, Philippines
This dental care clinic located in Caloocan, Manila provides a wide array of dental services specializing in cosmetic dentistry.

Manila Doctors Hospital
Manila, Philippines
This medical centre in Manila, Philippines offers a wide array of services under the different fields and sub-specialties of the medical

Dr. Edwin Paul V. Magallona
Quezon City, Philippines
Dr. Edwin Paul V. Magallona offers cosmetic, aesthetic, and reconstructive plastic surgeries to local and international patients alike.

Philippine Heart Center
Quezon City, Philippines
This tertiary medical centre provides various services under the different areas of Medicine but specifically specializes in Cardiology
St. Luke's Medical Center
Quezon City, Philippines
This multi-specialty medical institute has been serving patients from the Philippines and all over the world for almost over a century.


Cost heart bypass Philippines? Kidney transplant cost in Philippines? Cost Liposuction Philippines? Dental costs in Philippines.

Artery bypass procedures cost about US$10,000, almost half the price of that in any hospital in a developed country. Kidney transplants are priced at US$60,000, a saving of more than half compared to Western prices. Cosmetic surgery such as liposuction can be found for as little as US$3,000, while dental procedures such as a complete set of denture implants will set you back less than US$500.  Read more via

Manila Medical Tourism directory

Saturday, December 12, 2009

This is a new blog listing of Manila facilities that feature Medical tourism