Being admitted to hospital in Philippines
Hospitals and doctors often require payment “up front” prior to service or admission. Patients bear all costs for transfer to or between hospitals. Hospitals usually require advance payment or proof of adequate insurance before admitting a patient. Generally, in public hospitals only minimal staff is available overnight in non-emergency wards. Consider hiring a private nurse or having family spend the night with the patient, especially a minor child.
US citizens have lodged a large number of complaints about unethical business practices, prices, and collection measures against some of the hospitals in the Philippines. Travelers should make efforts to obtain complete information on billing, pricing, and proposed medical procedures before agreeing to any medical care.
For emergency services in the Philippines, dial 911.
Ambulance services are not widely available, and training and availability of emergency responders may be below US standards. Not all ambulances are equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment.