MANILA — Foreign travel editor Juergen Steinmetz thinks the Philippines could be the next big destination for medical tourism after his “mysterious” skin condition was cured in the country.
In TeleRadyo’s Sakto on Tuesday, Steinmetz said he arrived in the country to attend the World Travel and Tourism Council’s global summit. His trip to Manila became a life-changing experience after the excellent medical care he received saved his life from a rare skin disease.
He said the Makati Medical Center team was able to diagnose that he had contracted the rare skin condition and treated it properly.
“A pretty scary situation, but I have to say I felt the Filipino medical establishment was absolutely beyond any standard I’ve seen anywhere in the world, including my home state of Hawaii. I so i asked why there is no medical tourism in the philippines., or at least if there is, it’s not very well known.if you compare some of the medical tourism numbers and what it does in the economy, in the industry, in countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea and India, I think the Philippines should be on top,” Steinmetz said.
Based on his experiences, Steinmetz believes the Philippines has great potential to become a player in medical tourism.
“If you look at the Philippines advantage, it’s not just state-of-the-art facilities…but it’s also the human touch that the Philippines has. There’s no language barrier, everything the world speaks perfect English If you look at the reputation the Philippines has of overseas Filipinos working in the medical field, including the many Filipino Americans in my home state of Hawaii, the part really is majority run by Filipinos,” he said.
“So I think the country, especially now after coming out of COVID and everyone in the travel and tourism industry is hungry to kickstart tourism, that could be a fantastic niche for the Philippines to develop,” said said Steinmetz.