I’ve been seeing a lot of searches here on PhilFAQS lately for hospitals in the Philippines who are accredited or approved for TRICARE payment. (TRICARE is the US Military-provided program for medical care for US military retirees and their dependents.)
There are quite a few hospitals TRICARE accredited, as with so many other questions on the ‘Net, Google is you friend, just go to the list of Philippine TRICARE accredited providers and you can search by hospital or individual provider all across the Philippines.
Please note: I post these links as a service. I tested this link right now, 10:13 Philippine standard time, 22 September 2009. If it doesn’t work please don’t write to tell me I posted a bad link … I can’t make government sites perform and I do not post links that don’t work at the time I posted them. I am always loathe to post any government links because, especially with TRICARE they always, always, always cause me problems. Please address complaints to the appropriate government web master and not to your devoted scribe who can only post what works at this moment … thanks.
Now. A number of accreditation inquires come this way that do mot involve TRICARE. These folks are looking for hospitals with US “accreditation”. For my purposes, this means hospitals who are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI). This the global arm of the US-based Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO); the same body that certifies over 18,000 hospitals in the United States.
Presently there are only two hospitals in the Philippines who are JCI accredited:
The Medical City, Manila or TMC. I have only attempted to use their facilities once ,,, very unsatisfactory in terms of parking and physical access to care facilities for patients. (in fairness this was at a branch office, not at their main location. However, I was really disappointed that a JCI accredited hospital would even put their name on the branch office I visited with my elderly and infirm mother-in-law. The receptionists in the main floor foyer did not think it unusual at all that a frail 80yo lady would be asked to climb 16 larger steps to reach the examination room. “Oh no sir, we have no elevator, sobra mahal (too costly)”. Accessibility in the Philippines is only a crap shoot, even from organizations who act as if they know what proper health care delivery should consist of.
Saint Luke’s is one of the oldest and perhaps the best known hospital in the Philippines. I’ve had two experiences with St. Luke’s, both satisfactory. Years ago they processed my wife to be’s medical clearance so that she could travel to the US. Even some folks in the US INS did not know that unlike a majority of countries, St Luke’s is fully accredited and new arrivals to the US who were examined and passed by St, Luke’s don’t need any further exams/immunizations. St. Luke’s is the hospital where US Embassy civilian personnel are routinely sent as well.
A couple Christmases ago we had a very long and scary night with my mother-in-law, traveling from hospital to hospital cleared the city until we finally went where we should have in the first place. The problem was cleared up and we were home in time for breakfast. http://philfaqs.com/live-there/a-christmas-medical-odyssey/
I also had a neighbor develop a very serious brain condition which posed an immediate, life threatening problem. She had immediate brain surgery at St, Luke’s and fortunately made a full recovery … impressive medical staff there. Recommended. http://philfaqs.com/live-there/blinded-by-the-white/