As chronicled in yesterday’s post, we had to take my wife to the hospital for a finger that she had severely injured. We ended up at the Medicus Medical Center in Iloilo. Here’s a look at those Philippines emergency room costs, Iloilo City.
Emergency Room Fee: 550 Philippine pesos, 11 US dollars
Assistance Fee (for our doctor and staff): 1,000 Php, $20
Tetanus Shot: 1,129.00 Php, $22.58
Lidocaine Hydrochloride: 56.47 Php, $1.13
Syringe w/needle (3): 24.30 Php, 49¢
Tetanus Toxoid: 103.95 Php, $2.08
Anesthetic: 882 Php, $17.64
Sterile Gauze Pack: 129.10 Php, $2.58
TOTAL: 3,874.82 Phpesos, $77.50
We purchased the painkillers and antibiotics the doctor prescribed at a local Watson’s for a total of 350 pesos, $7 US dollars. Our grand total costs came to $84.50 US dollars.
The average emergency room visit in the United States cost $1389 in 2017, up 176%, according to a report by the Health Care Cost Institute.