From the Midwest redneck author of "The Rooster Crows at 4am!," "Lizard Poop!," and "The Philippines Expat Advisor"
Medical Costs in the Philippines: A Visit to Generics Pharmacy
Decided to visit one of the Generics Pharmacy in nearby Iloilo. Mindanao Bob had recommended checking out this chain of drugstores in the Philippines which can offer up to 80-90% savings from other outlets. Anytime we can reduce our medical costs is something we always want to investigate. My asawa had recently had an ultrasound and blood test done at a local healthcare clinic in Guimaras, and we discovered we were able to save a substantial sum by having the tests performed in our local province instead of taking the pump boat to Iloilo City and having the local hospitals perform the procedures.
The cost of the medications needed to shrink a kidney stone discovered in the ultrasound for my asawa turned out to be 4,800 pesos(110 US Dollars) for half the prescription.
With our annual fiesta looming, my spouse did not want to spend the money on her needed medication but decided to wait until after the festivities to make the purchase. I did not agree with her, but she held firm. Unfortunately, before we made our return trip to Iloilo, my wife's favorite uncle in Guimaras passed away. Instead of using the money she had saved for the fiesta, she donated the money to her uncle's family for funeral expenses.
The Generics Pharmacy has 20 outlets in Iloilo City, and we found one next to a Chow King near the Mary Mart we occasionally frequent. Checked on the necessary medication for the kidney stone, but they did not have the generic equivalent.
My asawa decided to see if they carried the generic equivalent of high blood pressure tablets my mother-in-law, The Giant Lizard Killer, uses. They had one of the pills, at a reduction of 2 pesos from what my wife was paying at Mercury Drug. Well, that would help shrink our medical costs a bit since we order 30 of these tablets on a monthly basis. So at a overall savings of 60 pesos that would amount to about 1.38 in US Dollars.
Now $1.38 might not seem like a huge chunk of money. Well, it isn't, but if you're on a fixed income (I have an retirement account investment from AT&T that we live on), any small savings we can find do add up.
While we will get reimbursed for the ultrasound and blood test my wife had done at the healthcare clinic in Guimaras, we were able to save over 40 dollars on the initial expense by having the procedures done in our local province. The medical facilities we went to were very reliable, and the technicians we encountered were friendly and professional.
Thanks again to Mindanao Bob for his suggestion, and we're definitely going to check out the other Generics Pharmacy outlets in Iloilo since the particular store we visited was quite small. The staff was helpful and friendly, but I think a larger outlet may offer us more choices. Anything we can do to reduce our medical costs is welcome, and I'll be sure to pass on any additional information that I find.