Medical Tourism in the Philippines

The Philippines is competing with other Asian countries for medical tourism dollars. They are creating packages that include golf and other vacation activities in places like Palawan, Boracay and Cebu. They’re combining these famous vacation spots with medical treatments in the following packages:

Wellness and health holidays: laboratory tests (urinalysis, fecalysis, CBC with platelet), blood chem, Hepa B screening, thyroid screening, pap smears (for women), prostate check-up, chest X-ray, and ECG.

Beauty holidays: Eyelid surgery, Rhinoplasty, breast surgery (augmentation, reduction, lift), Liposuction, tummy tuck and Botox.

Vision Plus holidays: phacoemulsification with IOL (a kind of cataract extraction surgery), LASIK or laser-assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, routine pterygium removal, eye muscle correction, entropion, ectropion, and ptosis correction.

Smile holidays: Dental implants, crowns, and veneers.

In the past I’ve blogged about medical tourism (or medical value travel) in India, including the death of Jude Jarvis. One commenter suggested Thailand as a better alternative. Singapore is superior to both, but more expensive.

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  1. patricia curtis says:

    I just want to inform you that now the Philippines is as competitive as its neighboring asian countries in liver transplantation when Dr Leandro L Resurreccion III,returned from training in Sydney, Australia this Jan.2007. He is now head of the Liver Transplant Team at PGH and the NKTI, Manila Philippines. He holds clinic at the St. Lukes’s Medical Center as well. He will be of great help to liver ailing patients.

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