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If you are in need of medical care and are able to find a suitable option, you may encounter problems with the payment. The State Department notes the risk of exorbitant fees:
Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the United States can cost several or even tens of thousands of dollars. Most hospitals will require a down payment of estimated fees in cash at the time of admission. In some cases, public and private hospitals have withheld lifesaving medicines and treatments for non-payment of bills. Hospitals also frequently refuse to discharge patients or release important medical documents until a bill has been paid in full. Read more…
There is no surefire way to prepare for an unforeseen medical problem when traveling to the Philippines, but being ready with a medical kit, understanding your insurance coverage, and having all necessary prescription drugs packed with you before your trip will reduce your risk and give you peace of mind.
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