The Philippines is also starting to cash in, with an official Philippine Medical Tourism (www. philmedtourism. com ) Programme accredited by the Departments of Tourism and Health. At this point, international patients to the Philippines come mainly from around Africa, Asia, Micronesia and the Middle East. According to a 2010 Philippine Institute for Development Studies report, the country ranks at number 11 in the top 15 medical tourist destinations in the world.
The Max group of hospitals, Gurgaon, India/ photo: hospital
A number of healthcare facilities are participating in the Philippines programme, but so far St Luke’s Medical Center with locations in Quezon City and Global City (www. stlukesmedicalcenter. com. ph ) is considered the country’s top medical institution. Like Bumrungrad in Thailand, St Luke’s is accredited by the US Joint Commission International (JCI). Jose Ledesma, the president and CEO of St Lukes, has said that the hospital’s “latest and most advanced medical equipment” made it “better equipped than 95 percent of hospitals in the US”. Medical specialties include cardiovascular medicine, neurology and neurosurgery, cancer, ophthalmology, and digestive and liver diseases.