New hospital raises Manila's medical travel profile

23 Jan 2010

The new St Luke’s Medical Center at the Bonifacio Global City in Metro Manila has designated its seventh level as a Wellness Floor, offering a slew of executive check ups for both local and international clientele.

The PhP9.5 billion (US$207 million) facility, which opened this week in the emerging business hub, is expected to raise the bar for healthcare in the Philippines. The country has a long and respected reputation for staffing numerous hospitals and medical institutions in North America and Europe with highly-trained personnel. According to an opening day statement, St Luke’s officials said their centre was equipped with “all medical specialties including cardio-vascular medicine, neurosciences, cancer, opthalmology and digestive and liver diseases among others”.

Established in 1903 by American Episcopalian missionaries, St Luke’s first facility in Quezon City became one of the first Asian hospitals to be certified by the US-based Joint Commission International (JCI), a leading international healthcare accreditation scheme. It was recently re-accredited for three more years. The management said the Global City centre would go for JCI approval in six months’ time.

Foreign patients account for 12 percent of St Luke’s business, and originate from the US, Micronesia, Middle East and some parts of Asia.

In recent years, medical travel has been seen as a promising source of revenue for several Asian governments, among them Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan and the Philippines.

For more details on St Luke’s executive check-up programmes, visit

Margie T Logarta

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