Healthcare costs and the quality of healthcare clinics available in the Philippines are valid concerns for anyone planning to live in this archipelago. After three and-a-half years of living in the rural province of Guimaras and nearby Iloilo City, my asawa and I have had occasion to visit various physicians, dentists and hospitals available. But how do they stack up to American healthcare?
Visted Dr. Jacobo in Iloilo City recently. My asawa has been complaining of some abdomen pain, and our new physician wrote an order for an ultrasound and a blood test. Advised us that the tests could be done at any healthcare clinic and told us the medical costs for the various evaluations should not be that costly. Decided to have the procedures done in our local province of Guimaras. My asawa knew a reliable doctor that had the necessary equipment. The larger city of Iloilo has more facilities and physicians available, but we felt we could save some money and avoid the usual transportation costs we have going there on the pump boat. The clinic on Guimaras Island was less than a 15 minute walk from our home.