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I became quite ill after having dinner at a fast food type restaurant in Iloilo City.Although I did not have diarrhea the vomiting was really bad .My friends went to the pharmacy to get something that might help but they recommended that I go to the ER.It was nearby so we went to the Iloilo Mission Hospital.I got checked in and a doctor attended to me within a few minutes.They put me a room and gave me fluids intravenously and anti nausa medicine.Even after a couple of hours there I could not hold down a sip of water.After about 24 hrs I felt better and could eat some fruits but still really weak.I eventually recovered and the doctor released me after 2.5 days.I can't say enough good things about the staff attending to me and my Doctor.They were just great.And the cost including the doctor? $650.00 Usd.They could not file this on my Medicare ins.so I paid with my credit card.Here locally in the US It cost $1250.00 just to enter the ER.And the total cost at $4000.00 minimum.They made sure to give me all the paperwork and receipts so I could file a claim with my secondary health ins co.I was able to make my scheduled flight home 2 days after I was released from the Hospital.I really Enjoyed my 3 week vacation in the Philipines and I will return next year.....
Today I was with my Filipina friend and she had a bad ear ache causing problems right through to her jaw so I thought something had to be done about that so convinced her to go to the Chong Hua with me which is not far away. We get there and find it's a confusing place and very busy, she asks someone behind the desk but had trouble hearing him so told him to tell me. Took a bit to understand what he was telling me but yes a shuttle outside takes you down the road to some other place with doctors. So we get in, bit like a jeepney and 3 peso each. Of course I bump my head getting in but after a bumpy ride we arrive and go inside. I recall the guy said room 405 but where the hell is that so I Figured about 4th floor and spot on but there is 405a and many others. People are in the corridor and trying to figure out what to do was puzzling but reading the doors like gynecologist or pediatrician I new was not for us so my friend asked someone and we go into a room full of people. She fills out some form and we wait about 2 hours for our turn and go in to see the doc. He seemed quite knowledgeable and used a machine to suck out the ear and wrote a script and then on this tiny piece a paper the bill. P800 for our visit. Seems the doc makes up the price however he wants so yes I pay and we go to the pharmacy, drops and antibacterial tablets just under a P1000 and yes l pay. Anyway hopefully she will be fine soon but my point of posting this is how do the average people manage to pay these sort of costs ?