Philippines, a haven for medical tourism . . .
By being located in one of the most strategic spots in Southeast Asia, The Philippines has positioned itself on a pedestal in the field of medical tourism in the world. The beautiful surroundings and the country's tropical weather is a perfect combination of the environment required by a patient after a long medical, dental, or cosmetic procedure.
The Philippines made it to the list of medical tourist destinations compiled by the International Healthcare Research Center and Medical Tourism Association, peaking at number eight back in 2015. The country is on par with the advanced countries of the world in terms of health and wellness services while offering cutting-edge facilities at the same time. The Medical Tourism Index lists the Philippines as 19th in global ranking among its destinations. It placed 16th in the medical tourism industry and 19th in the quality of facilities and services.
The Philippines caters 80,000 to 250,000 patients annually, with clients coming from East Asia, Sri Lanka, the Pacific Islands, Australia, North, and South America, Europe, and the UK, and the Gulf States. Filipino health workers are also known for their compassion and warmth, bonus factors when catering to patients. The healthcare providers are also fluent in English, which is also an added asset.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is working with the Department of Health (DOH) for the Philippine Medical Tourism Program. According to its DOH profile, the program aims to "contribute a noticeable and quantifiable amount to the Philippine economy and improvement in the quality of life." Its other goals include an increase of institutions with advanced medical services, the generation of jobs, and an increase in vistors.
The DOT cited cost analysis indicating that the Philippines offers a wide range of medical services at a more competitive price.The government also hopes that the country's proximity to popular tourist destinations will encourage guests to consider availing of local health services.
The DOT hopes to see internationally recognized wellness resorts that could further cement the Philippines' status as a wellness destination.
Planning for a medical trip to the Philippines?
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We offer travel packages for those who are going to avail of the internationally acclaimed medical services in the Philippines. We customize packages based on your travel needs before, during and after your medical procedure.
We can also assist you in finding the right doctor and facility for your required treatment.
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Centuria Medical Makati
CENTURIA Medical Makati, the country's first and largest Medical Mall,is a 28-story state-of-the-art medical facility that has more than 600 industry leaders in healthcare. It houses experienced well-trained doctors of various specialties that are affiliated with top HMOs, offering both traditional and cutting-edge treatments at reasonable, affordable cost. Combining the technology and expertise of a tertiary hospital with a luxurious, laid back ambience of a lifestyle mall, it is a one-stop shop for all outpatient medical procedures and practices.
Located in the heart of modern Makati, Centuria Medical Makati has clinics complete with premier facilities for primary care, multispecialty surgery, dermatology and cosmetic laser treatment, multispecialty dentistry, cosmetic and facial surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology/laser eye surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, urology, physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, orthopedic, dialysis, and wellness and complementary medicine.
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Medical treatment in Philippines or any part of the world can sometimes be intimidating. Therefore, being prepared is the best way to get stress free experience. First thing to check is the type of treatment you are planning to get treated. Research is the key to a successful medical experience. So, research as much as possible about the treatment facilities and hospitals, also post-op care.
Shortlist the hospital
Not all hospitals are qualified enough to provide you best care that you need. Choosing a wrong hospital can be dangerous and can cost you your life. So, read reviews of previous patients that have undergone same treatment and see their satisfaction level.
Check Surgeons backgrounds and qualifications
You may have chosen the best of the hospital for treatment. But if the doctor is not proficient, then it can be life threatening. Take a special look on the qualifications and experience of the surgeon to ensure you are in safe hands. In this internet age, you can easily find all information about doctors on the internet.
Keep your local doctor well informed
Your local doctor is the key in preparation for your medical travel. They would not only advise you about the complications and risks, but would also help you in your post-op care once you are back. So, always keep your doctor in loop at all stages.
It is best to contact travel agencies who would help you with your travel documents.
Vaccinations and up-to-date immunizations are a safeguard for any international travel. However, please check with the doctor in your home country, any Government advisory and also the hospital in the Philippines as to what should be taken. The recommended vaccinations would normally be from the following list:
Diptheria Pertussis and Tetanus (DPT)
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
Polio (Oral Polio Vaccine or Injectable Polio Vaccine)
Hemophilus b conjugate vaccine (Hib)
Hepatitis B (when stay goes beyond 60 days)
Stay connected across the Philippines
A traveler SIM is recommended for a short-term stay while a regular SIM card is recommended for those staying in the country for a long period.
Pre-requisite: Tourists have to consult their carriers for their network handset to be unlocked. Foreigners looking for a long-term stay can opt to unlock their mobile phone in local mobile stores or purchase a cheap mobile phone.