A question that I hear from people often is this – “how is the medical care in the Philippines?” Well, let me relate my experience.
In 2001, at just 39 years old, I had a stroke. i was living in General Santos City at the time, which is a rather small city of maybe 400,000 people or so. I didn’t realize I had suffered a stroke, I thought I had the flu, so I didn’t go to the hospital until three days later. By that time, I had to be taken by ambulance. I had all the modern tests, MRI’s and such to verify what was going on in my brain (a stroke is a brain attack, after all). All of the tests confirmed what the doctors suspected – Stroke.
When I went to the hospital, I was almost completely unconscience. I don’t even remember much of the whole thing. I spend almost a week in the Intensive Care Unit, with all kinds of equipment hooked up to me. My wife was there at my bedside (although guests were not allowed in the ICU, they made an exception for my wife, because I insisted). When I left the ICU, I was taken to a private suite in the hospital. I spent a little over 2 weeks total in the hospital. During this time, I had a number of MRI’s, blood tests, all kinds of exams and such. I had three doctors, each of them specialists – among the best in the area. I had the best of medications. I had the best of nursing care. Sounds expensive, right? Total cost was about $4,000. I couldn’t even get a night in the private suite for that price back in the states.
And, the best thing about this was not the cheap price, but it was the fact that I was getting premium care. Nothing was lacking, and nothing was spared.
Think about this – nurses and doctors are migrating from the Philippines to western countries (USA, Europe, etc) in huge numbers. So, obviously, these people are well trained, and know what they are doing. It has been my experience that good equipment is available here, and at a low price. When you have nurses who are charged to care for you, they know who you are – you aren’t just “that guy in room 246” or whatever. You get more personalized care here than you can hope for in the States, in my opinion.
So, to me, medical is not something to be worried about if you are thinking about moving here. If there is some procedure that you need that is not available here, you can always go back home for it. Of course, if it’s an emergency procedure that you need, that is a problem (going home for it). But, it is my experience that what needs to be done can be taken care of here.