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 http://www.bworldonline.com/main/content.php?id=4652


Medical Tourism said...

While Medical Tourism has been successfully implemented as part of the Philippine government's tourism efforts, a majority of medical practitioners and nurses still remain unemployed.

Health is wealth ... Medical Tourism

March 15, 2011 at 12:43 AM
Shannon said...

I believe in the high quality medical services in the Philippines because there are many Filipinos in US hospitals that show how caring they are to their patients.

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August 22, 2011 at 4:45 AM
Marlene Gomez said...

A lot of tourists travel Manila for vacation and cosmetic surgery. Filipino Plastic Surgeon can rival the best in the world. Quite a number of them also studied abroad to know the latest in cosmetic surgery.

February 14, 2015 at 1:13 AM
borrismart121 said...

Pleased to know about history of Medical Tourism in Philippines. I am thinking to buy medical tourism package from a reputed company as has many cost advantages. Hope to find an established company and an awesome deal.

October 14, 2016 at 10:06 PM
james abram said...

The quality of health services are I think still the best in the region in terms of skilled medical employees. Though lagging in terms of equipment, some are still doing their best to keep up like Dental World Manila.

January 8, 2017 at 6:54 PM

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