Healthcare is one of the most expensive necessity here in our country. Generally, if we want expert doctors and state-of-the-art facilities, we will go to leading hospitals in the country but it also means that we have to shell out a bit more. What if I tell you that there’s a one-stop health facility here in our country that houses expert medical practitioners affiliated with UP College of Medicine and Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and has advanced and reasonably priced diagnostic technology? It’s the University Physicians Medical Center (UPMC) within the UP-PGH compound.
Personally, I dislike going to hospitals (who does anyway?) It’s like I’m most likely to catch a virus when I go there. I only go to a hospital for doctor’s consultation when I’m sick, for daughter’s pedia visits, or visiting an admitted family/friend. When I was pregnant, I chose to go to a small diagnostic/multi-specialty clinic near our place just to avoid that “hospital smell” and to avoid queuing. And when it’s time for obligatory tests for preggies like ultrasound, OGCT, congenital anomaly scan, I just have to go to their laboratory downstairs and have all my tests done. Fast and hassle-free, right?
UPMC offers the same hassle-free services to its patients too, but UPMC’s equipments are more advanced so it will yield faster and more accurate readings, plus you will be taken cared of by the experts. Yes, after my UPMC tour, it’s nothing but raves about this medical facility, and this comes from someone who has a pet peeve on hospitals.
As you walk into the lobby, you will be greeted by the smell of coffee (not hospital smell :p), Figaro is beside the entrance. From there, there’s the reception if you don’t know where to go, and there’s a queing system where you’ll get your number. Sit, relax, watch TV, buy coffee while waiting for your number to be flashed on the screen.
I love the fact that I don’t have to go to different floors when processing medical records. The HMO, cashier, releasing of results are all in the same area.
One unique feature about UPMC is their Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) where they offer same-day surgery. Right after that, doctors can send the patient home if there are no complications. This saves a lot of money because patients will only have to pay for the OR Facility, doctor’s professional fee and medicines. In conventional hospital setting, additional expenses will include room fees and food, aside from that it’s time-consuming and the patient has more chances of contracting an infection during the hospital stay.
Other services available at UPMC include a fully automated laboratory, Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Cardiovascular, Pharmacy, Industrial Clinic and Occupational Health, IV Therapy and Physical Rehabilitation and Sport Medicine.
UPMC have new state-of-the-art equipments but they charge a lot cheaper than private hospitals. Like for Digital Mammography, it’s only Php 999, this promotion is until July 15, 2013. For the dialysis, they have an ACCESS Program in which you get a free dialysis treatment (5+1 program).
Living up to its name of a one-stop facility, UPMC has its own Food Plaza at the second floor which offers plenty of food choices.
So if you have health concerns that need medical attention, visit UPMC, call 708-0000, or visit their website at http://upmc.net.ph/.
Discolosure: I was invited by UPMC through Nuffnang Philippines for a tour on their facilities but all opinions are mine.