Stories tagged
‘medical tourism’


Your health at your fingertips

IT SOUNDS like something out of the brain of’s Jeff Bezos, but it’s as local as ampalaya tablets: an online shopping cart for such things as a heart transplant coupled with a yoga retreat.

And now, hospitals as tourist spots

ZOE DE la Torre didn’t mind that her surgery at the plush, marble-floored St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City cost P700,000. Not even if she could have had the procedure in one of Italy’s government hospitals for free. As a permanent resident of Italy, where she has worked selling medical instruments for the last 25 years, she enjoys that privilege. But she says she would be undergoing a “very delicate” procedure, and she wanted to make sure she was comfortable.