The Philippines established its Medical Tourism Program back in 2006—and now, a little over six years later, we can say that while results have not been as quick as first envisioned, the country’s efforts to become a regional healthcare hub are slowly but surely bearing fruit.
By Joyce Socao-Alumno and Ramil Gulle
What first comes to mind when we think about the City of Makati? For some, it would be the Ayala Center, the modern commercial and retail hub that encloses both the Glorietta and Greenbelt Malls, as well as the Ayala Museum and the beautiful pocket parks in the area. For others, Makati City reminds them [...]
With the growing population and aging people on the rise all over the world comes bigger demand for healthcare. WHO declares that in order to avoid huge hospital bills, people are encouraged to be more cautious of their health even before chronic illness strikes. Aesthetic centers are also booming as more people search for youthful looks and longevity.
ONE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION when discussing Global Healthcare Travel also known as Medical Travel or Medical Tourism is this: Will the country’s public healthcare be compromised once the Philippines becomes a global healthcare hub? The short answer, based on the experience of India and other more established medical tourism destinations is: No, as long as we do it right.
Health Secretary Enrique Ona and Indian Ambassador to the Philippines Shri Yogendra Kumar reaffirmed the cooperation between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of the Republic of India on matters of improving the state of healthcare in both countries during the 1st Philippine Global Healthcare Forum at the National Kidney [...]