Did you know that it’s possible that every time you travel to the Philippines it can effectively be free? That’s right, your hotel, your airfare, meals and everything could effectively be for free! How? Let me tell you.
Of course, you will have to pay for all of the items listed above, but there is also a way that you can save enough money to offset the costs of coming here, and make your trip virtually free. I’ll base this post on the experiences of my friend, Leon, who is from Australia. Leon recently visited Davao and in the process he saved more than $25,000 and had a great time in the process!
I have known Leon since the early 1990’s, but only through the Internet. We had never met in person. In recent years, Leon and I had kind of fallen out of touch, but would exchange an occasional e-mail. About 3 or 4 months ago, I got an e-mail from Leon asking about dental services here in Davao. We have a dentist that we use regularly here, I’ll call her Dr. Lourdes. Dr. Lourdes has a clinic in the heart of Davao, and she does very nice work. In addition to doing dental work for all of our family, she has also done work for my Mom on a previous visit. So, we recommend Dr. Lourdes highly, and I told Leon this. I gave Leon the e-mail address of Dr. Lourdes, and we told Lourdes to watch out for an e-mail from our friend.
Leon sent an e-mail to Dr. Lourdes with, complete with photos of his teeth, so that she could judge what work needed to be done. Lourdes responded to Leon’s e-mail with a plan of action on what she recommended for his teeth, and also with some alternative plans that he could choose from, depending on his budget.
It didn’t take long, and Leon was here in the Philippines! He got his work done, and was very happy with the results. In addition to getting his dental work done, Leon was able to enjoy a trip to a tropical destination (during the middle of winter in Australia), and also got to meet Feyma and I, friends who had never met in person before.
Leon has set up a webpage where you can view the work that he had done (before and after pictures). Leon does give a warning, though – if you don’t want to see the inside of his mouth, don’t go look! 🙂 But, if you are interested, go have a look at Leon’s website.
Leon spent about $2,500 for the entire job, and in Australia he had received quotes for $22,000 up to $35,000 for the exact same work. What a huge savings!
It was really great to meet Leon, and I was also happy that he was able to get a great smile back on his face! Leon now has other friends who are planning to visit Davao for dental work. We’ve been talking a little bit lately about medical tourism, and this is just a real world example of medical (dental) tourism in action!
Thanks for the great work, Dr. Lourdes!