Back to the Doctor in Iloilo. Medical Costs in the Philippines

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Been writing some posts recently about medical costs in the Philippines.  My asawa and I visited Mercury Drug in Iloilo City last week, and she was able to purchase her medicine  that will shrink a small kidney stone that was revealed in an ultrasound she had done in a healthcare clinic in Guimaras.  We saved over 400 pesos (9.17 US Dollars) from the previous quote from a different pharmacy we had went to. I convinced her to finally use the money that had been set aside for our annual fiesta which was held yesterday since the majority of the funds had already been used to help pay for her uncle's funeral costs. However, after our morning walk yesterday, it looks like my spouse will need a return visit to her general practitioner, Dr. Jacobo. She almost collapsed to the ground after suffering some chest pains.DSC

We had started our exercise routine around 5:10 am. Walked over to the house in Guimaras that Alan and Mike are in the process of renovating. Went back to the paved lot in front of the museum where my asawa likes to jog (I walk) and do some stretching routines on the museum steps. I was circling the lot at a speed which no one would mistake for The Flash, and saw my wife sit down and motion me over to her. She had a pained countenance. I just figured I had  unknowingly done something to irritate her again. It was more than that this time!

I quickly walked over to my spouse. "I'M GOING TO FAINT!" she weakly gasped. "COME ON! LEAN ON ME, I'LL TAKE YOU TO THE HOSPITAL!" I exclaimed. Our local hospital in Guimaras (seen in the above photo) was right next door to the museum. This was no time be concerned about medical costs, I didn't have any money with me. But I knew from a previous panic attack my better half experienced, that the emergency room did not charge us for the visit (only had to pay for medications, a blood test, and other supplies.)

"NO, NO! I CAN'T WALK! I WILL FALL DOWN! JUST LET ME REST!" she pleaded with me. My asawa said she had a pain, or "wind" in her chest that hit her. Her vision had been blurry. I feared a heart attack. I felt her arms. They were cold.  After a couple of minutes, she felt better. I still wanted to take her over to the hospital, but she said she was fine. The staff had wanted to run an ECG (not EKG as we call it in the States) on her previous visit, but she refused it at the time.

Her recent blood test at the healthcare clinic in Guimaras revealed no problems, and the ultrasound revealed a small kidney stone.  But my asawa insisted we just go home, and I advised her that there will be no more walking or jogging for her until we return to her physician in Iloilo for a check-up.

She did complain about some shoulder pain she was experiencing in the morning before we started our walk and took a couple of ibuprofen (brought back to us from Alan during a recent trip to the States.) Or maybe she was experiencing another panic attack? Some of the symptoms she manifested were similar to those of such an attack. Our medical costs have been mounting with the ultrasound, blood test and healthcare clinic visits, and we currently are awaiting reimbursement from my insurance provider in America from the last round of tests. But when your best friend's personal health is at stake, you have to do what's necessary to make sure she's going to be alright.

So a return visit to Dr. Jacobo in Iloilo is a must. I'm keeping a close eye on my aswasa  and have instructed her sister Alida to do the same. Life in paradise. There's always sure to be a few bumps in the road, but I'm praying The Sainted Patient Wife will be fine. She's all the world to me. A faithful, loving Filipina wife. I'm a fortunate man.

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Dave DeWall, “The Kano”, is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of “Philippines Plus”. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions. Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 17 years, “The Sainted Patient Wife”‘. The couple is based in Guimaras. They have no children but are the proud owners of eight puppies, including a Belgian Shepherd called “Killer”.

10 Comments

  1. Dave, an ECG and blood pressure measurement ASAP is a must. The coldness in the limbs, faintness, and chest pains lead me to believe there is a circulation problem. I really don’t want to unduly alarm you but it is better to be safe than sorry.

    • Thanks, Murray. We definitely are going to see Dr. Jacobo next week. The ECG is only 350 pesos. I’ll take her blood pressure today and see what it is. Hopefully, she’ll be OK.

  2. Hi Dave…sounds like you will have to take charge there on some things and not let your wife be a talking you out of what be good for her…Hope things work out ok there for her and you……

      • Dave,

        I’m worried about her. She needs to get those tests done whether she wants to or not. This is no time to full around. You just never know whats wrong. She needs to listen to you and your readers. Please keep us updated.

  3. Hi Dave talking about medical costs do you know a good dentist located in iloilo? I am retiring there in about 3 months or so..I know im only 46 years old but had to retire early..anyways I hope to meet you and your wife when I make my move,maybe meet up somewere in Guimaras or iloilo? of course I be happy to to treat you both..dont worry I always ask before showing up to anyones home im not rude like some people.besides im not sure were in guimaras you live lol.I hope your wifes health improves soon, take care.

    • Rod, Paul from Iloilo highly recommends the De Oca Dental Clinic not far from his own house. My asawa went there and got three cavities filled for 500 pesos (11.43 US dollars) each. Mike, Alan’s friend from Hawaii, also had some work done at the clinic. Paul can give you more details once you get here.

      Would be very happy to meet you, Rod. Iloilo or Guimaras, either place works for me. 46 years old, and you’re retiring? Good for you. I always love hearing stories like yours. Let me know when you arrive, I’m sure Paul and I along with some of other expat friends would like to give you a proper greeting.

      Thanks, the wife seems to be doing fine, but I’ll still be taking her to the doctor for her check-up and ECG.

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