I know this thread is not about health care but there are many posts about it here. There is really not much to discuss about health care in the Philippines. I have been treated at Chong Hua in Cebu as an outpatient and as an inpatient at Silliman here. Both hospitals used 1950's US equipment, 1980's methods, and charged 1950's US prices. At Silliman they gave me a choice of a private room in the new building or the old building and were very accommodating. Contrary to one post elsewhere on DI, they do provide personal items to the patients, however, you have to ask for the "Convenience Pack", and you have to pay for it, just like in the USA. Difference is in the USA they just give it to you and put it on the bill. Here they are surprised you are willing to pay the 2 or 300 for the items. I had a good experience at both facilities, possibly due to having very cooperative Dr's. Some expats have found Dr's whose treatment they are delighted with but for the most part it will prove out that this is a Third World Country, with Third World facilities, and Third World training for Dr's and nurses. I have a couple of Dr's that I rely on for meds and I get my blood work at Precision in Cebu, they are owned by LabCorps in the USA and their work seems to be ok. I get a full blown, all the bells and whistles physical once a year in the US. If I feel pain, I get on a plane. I have had a couple of illnesses here that the Dr's could not cure so I returned to the US and got proper treatment. One visit required a hospital stay. I know that I may have an accident or some unforeseen trauma but I do what I can to minimize my risk. I know that some on this forum have had life saving experiences with the medical treatment here and I applaud that. The reality is, however, that those stories are the exception rather than the rule. Sorry to reiterate but it is a Third World Country. Tuberculosis and rabies, (often from rat bites), are still common here and the medical training, care and treatment are way, way down the list in any world ranking you want to look at. I would say to try to protect your health and have an exit plan if you develop a problem. Your body often gives you warning. Last tip. I did fly once with a noncommunicable disease that still caused fever. If you have fever don't fly through Tokyo as they scan your forehead to see if you have fever and if you do you will be detained. Good health and luck to all, including myself. Stay aware and safe.