A wise, old expression claims that health is wealth. Like any truism that has lasted through the ages, this one is valid and of immense importance to people of every age.
High quality health care had been an issue here in the past, especially for foreigners who had been accustomed to standards of service not available in many areas of the Philippines. Fortunately in Dumaguete, partly in response to the growing population of foreigners, new, state of the art hospitals and medical centers have been established. They, in turn, have attracted top level doctors who have either been trained abroad or at the prestigious University of the Philippines in Manila, or the Cebu Institute of Medicine. Also, Dumaguete’s Silliman hospital has a well deserved reputation as a provider of high quality medical care.
Regarding insurance, much will depend on your personal health condition and age. You may want to consider purchasing International Medical Insurance before you come here. Or you may decide to self insure. If you come from America, you will be astonished at the low charges for almost all medical care. That includes checkups, surgery and prescribed drugs. But even if from Canada, Australia, or Europe, the low costs and high quality of services will further justify your relocation here.
Yet another pleasant surprise for foreigners is the low cost of excellent dental care. Because fees are minor, there’s no point in getting insurance. It’s best to pay out of pocket.
Prevention is preferable to treating illnesses. Organic food is readily available as are Yoga classes and good quality fitness clubs. Their trainers can, if necessary, design a fitness program for you. Morning jogging is very popular along the ocean air of Rizal Boulevard.
We hope you found this information helpful.