Manila hospitals are health and medical establishments staffed with competent medical practitioners considered among the best in the country. They are also mostly pioneering institutions rich in experience and equipped with relevant medical equipments.
Philippine General Hospital
Famous among government Manila hospitals is Philippine General Hospital (PGH) along Taft Avenue in Manila. It is managed and operated by the University of the Philippines system’s Health Sciences Center also in Manila. Thus, this hospital is sometimes called UP-PGH. It has a 1500-bed capacity, with 1000 beds in wards and 500 beds in private rooms. The hospital charges among the lowest especially for marginalized patients. It is manned by some of the best practicing doctors in the country, as well as resident doctors. PGH turned 100 years old in 2007.
San Lazaro Hospital
Located in the busy vicinity lined up with old buildings and residences along Rizal Avenue in Sta. Cruz, San Lazaro Hospital has been the refuge of patients in Manila. This is especially true with those who cannot afford private hospitals but need prolonged medical care and hospitalization. It was set up in 1578 by Spanish Franciscan missions who treated leprosy in the city using the building. Later it became a government general hospital where the Department of Health also located in 1947. It is among Manila hospitals that specializes on infectious diseases, break outs, and epidemics.
Chinese General Hospital
Also among oldest Manila hospitals is Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center found along Blumentritt Street in Sta. Cruz, Manila. It started from donations of wealthy Chinese immigrants and has been existing for 113 years now. Its School of Nursing has been famous for years and many people even from outside Manila opt to refer emergency and complicated medical cases to this hospital. It is one of the respected medical centers in the country.
Sto. Tomas University Hospital
It used to be San Juan de Dios Hospital when it was founded by a Franciscan friar in 1577 and used by the Sto. Tomas University Medical School for training its students. Located today along Espana in Manila, the hospital has been known in decades as Sto. Tomas University Hospital or UST Hospital, being owned and managed by the University of Sto. Tomas or UST. UST Medical students benefit much from the hospital which is staffed by some of the best physicians in the country. Most emergency cases and accidents are entrusted to this hospital.
Medical Center Manila
Located along General Luna Street in Ermita,Manila, Medical Center Manila or MCM has been serving Manila for 40 years now. This private tertiary hospital is outfitted with modern equipments and experienced medical staff and physicians. Among its special facilities are the Surgical Complex, Cardiovascular Lab, Imaging Department, Breast Center, and the Neonatal Unit, among others. It is also one of the Manila hospitals that pushes for Medical Tourism—a program that attracts foreigners seeking medical attention to opt for Philippine hospitals for cheaper but competent medical services.
Manila Doctors Hospital
Some Manila hospitals start small and progressively grow big through its operations. Such is 300-bed capacity Manila Doctors Hospital. It started in 1956 with just 14 physicians and a single 5-level building. Then the facility grew to add an 8-level hospital building in 1984 for more clinics, and in 1989 a 12-level Norberto Ty Medical Tower for more room accommodations and ancillary support. Several more infrastructure developments happened through the years, gaining new facilities like therapeutic and diagnostic equipments, CT Scan, Laparoscopic equipments, and the Gamma Camera Scan, among others.
The City of Manila is a safe place to live in, health- and medical-wise. Manila hospitals are generally competent to handle any health need, medical concern, and emergency case.