Gov’t studies opportunities in medical tourism


The government is studying opportunities in niche services that will allow the Philippines to establish its footprint in the medical tourism industry, according to Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr.

Dental, cancer care and retirement services are among the sectors with high demand, he said.

Jimenez said the Philippines must be careful in choosing which sectors it would be focusing on. He said the country should ensure that the best facilities would be put in place in the chosen sectors and that the best people would be running them.

“Medical tourism is an area where one develops a reputation quickly. It’s something we cannot go wrong. We have to get it right the first time,” Jimenez said.

Former Health Secretary Jaime Galvez Tan said investments in world-class medical and healthcare facilities would not only help foreign tourists but would also improve Filipinos’ access to medical facilities.

Samie Lim of the Philippine Franchise Association, who is also pushing medical tourism in the Philippines, said this could help attract tourists seeking affordable but quality medical treatment, who would bring their families with them for long holidays. That means more dollars per tourist visit for the country.

In 2006, the country came up with a Medical Tourism Program. Lim said developments might not have been as quick as initially expected but the country had been succeeding in building a momentum in this area, along with the overall tourism program.

A few years ago, the country was relaunched as a medical tourism destination under the brand “Philippines: The Heart of Asia.”

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  • AlexanderAmproz

    The god charity beginning with yourselves !
    Philippines population sanitary and medical level is
    hellish thanks a vomiting elites corruption culture.

    Should visit “The Community Hospital” in Osmena Circle Cebu,
    its look like European worst public hospital 150 years ago, can’t believe it !
    CR is dirtier than the one in Chinese Bus station remotest places,
    compare to that NAIA CR are top of the line !

    One day I experimented surgery at Chung Hua Hospital in Cebu,
    it was OK for me, but never again, 
    so dirty, frightening, can’t believe it !
    Services moto is carelessness.
    Waiting is the rule
    Organization, messy !

    The Asia Best hospital is Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok,
    perfect services, never wait, perfectly clean and efficient.
    Doctors and medical equipments are top of the line,
    Private lounge and limousines at BKK Airport and
    also Hotel services for
    who don’t know BKK
    prices similar to RP

    Philippines take advantage culture is a trust disaster for any Medical care,

    Maybe after five generations one Philippines Hospital will be at Bumrungrad knees level,
    but at what price ?

  • tower_of_power

    Ayusin muna ninyo ang problema sa basura …. hahahaha… saan naman ninyo itambak ang mga medical waste as a consequence of this?

    Sa totoo lang huli na ang Pilipinas sa ganitong gawain … Thailand has been into this for decades. Kasi nga puro hypocrites ang mga nandito sa Pinas … puro pangsariling kita ang ianaatupag … hindi yung sa ikauunlad ng bansa!!!!

    Philippines abound of people with creative minds in any field from good to bad …. hahahaha … yung mga good lumalabas ng bansa dahil sa kakulangan ng incentives or motivation from the government. Yung natitira sa  bansa ay yung mga taong magagaleng ang creations sa kasamaan … kaya yan yung mga corrupt ang natitira sa Pinas … kaya napakahirap ipakulong …. hahahaha!!!!

    Kaya yan … ang mga mayayamang corrupt ay nakawheelchair at gustong lumabas as tourists para makaiwas sa kulongan.

    Ang kailangan ng bansa ay JAIL TOURISM!!!

  • tumbokin

    We are already doing this and majority of the patients are from micronesia.

  • phantomofhope

    sus! ambagal! matagal nang konsepto ang medical tourism! singapore is already ahead.

  • rickysgreyes

    You have to fix the insurance component first. That is, our first class hospitals, like st. Luke’s, medical city, makati med, etc. have to be accredited internationally.

    • parefrank

      Just look at European health insurances. Mst of them do not support treatmnt or operations in PH hospitals. No wonder, if most of the good doctors and nurses go abroad.

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