Philippines targets medical travellers with packages

Medical and wellness tour packages targeted at foreign medical and health tourists have been rolled out in metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces, as part of the new Philippine Health and Care Programme. The programme is collaboration between government agencies and the private sector, that aims to develop the Philippines into a prime medical travel and wellness tourism destination.

The tour packages are initially limited to Central Luzon, with similar packages to be rolled out in Boracay, Mindanao and other parts of Luzon as they continue to market and promote the Filipino brand of caring and nurturing in the domestic and international markets.

The packages will be made available until December 21 2022.

The Philippine Health and Wellness Coalition has curated several packages combining tours around Manila with dental procedures and medical services, ranging from heart ailment procedure and kidney operation to cancer treatment and diabetes prevention.

The coalition of travel agencies, hotels, hospitals, clinics, and health and wellness providers will offer competitive pricing on the packages that include all taxes, confirmation of appointments and advance submission of medical records.

Examples of packages include the Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay, offering a ‘workation package’ combining nature and Zoom, to address the physical and mental effects caused by the pandemic. The Farm at San Benito in Lipa, Batangas, is offering science-based, evidence-guided and medically supervised health programmes by medical doctors and licensed health professionals.

Medical tour packages including eye care combined with culinary, heritage, history and adventure tours are on offer in Pampanga, Clark and Subic.