Q: Is medical tourism suitable for me?
A: People often have different reasons, both practical and personal, for pursuing medical tourism. You might consider traveling to the Philippines if you find yourself facing any of these situations:
- -- You lack basic insurance to cover an expensive medical procedure in your country.
- -- You need a particular medical treatment that’s not being offered in your country.
- -- You require immediate medical treatment, but there’s a long waiting list in your country.
- -- You can’t afford the cost of recovery and recuperation in your country, even if you can pay for the cost of the medical procedure.
- -- You are planning to travel abroad and you intend to make the most out of your trip by getting some procedures done.
Q: Is language going to be an issue when I travel to the Philippines?
A: Not at all. The Philippines is the world’s third largest English-speaking country, so communicating with people—from taxi drivers and waiters to doctors and nurses—shouldn’t be a problem. If you don’t speak English, many hospitals and healthcare facilities cater to patients of different languages and cultural backgrounds.
Q: What documents do I need when seeking medical treatment in the Philippines?
A: You will need the following items:
- -- Passport
- -- Visa papers, if you are planning to stay for more than 21 days.
- -- Medical records
- -- Prescriptions
- -- Any documentation regarding your medical requirements
Q: Should I be with a companion when I travel to the Philippines for medical reasons?
A: It’s advisable to take a companion with you, especially if you’re planning to undergo surgery or any extensive medical procedures. Aside from giving you support and company, he or she can handle the paperwork and act as a liaison between you and the hospital. Your experience will be more convenient if you have a companion with you in your trip.