The Philippines is a country of more than 7,000 islands with its capital, Manila, on Luzon Island. The country’s population is almost 100 million people with about 16 million residing in Manila. The landscape is diverse from idyllic beaches to burbling volcanic peaks, dense jungle and verdant mountains to huge cities like Manila to small remote villages and uninhabited islands. The majority of healthcare services are concentrated in the metropolitan areas like Manila, Cebu City and Davao City.
The country has a public healthcare system that is challenged to meet the needs of its burgeoning population spread over thousands of islands. Local clinics serve basic needs while urban hospitals public hospitals are very busy. The private sector is growing with state of the art hospitals offering excellent care to those who can afford it from the country’s growing middle class. Dentistry, cosmetic surgery and various health and wellness services are increasingly available. The Government is committed to universal access to a basic set of healthcare services.
Thanks to the excellent training of its healthcare professionals including Filipino nurses who work all over the world, the Philippines has a tradition of caring for