Doctors in Cebu City

The Ultimate Guide to Doctors in Cebu City

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A brief overview of Cebu City

Cebu City known as the queen city of the south – it is the oldest city in the Philippines and the first place that the Spanish colonizers settled in. Today it attracts tourists from all over the world and is the central point from where people go to other islands. It has sun, sea, sand, an international airport and also a seaport, making it easily accessible to visit and to use as a base for island-hopping.

This multicultural city is vibrant and teeming with expats and tourists. It attracts medical tourists who come to the place for a great holiday experience and also plastic surgery, dental procedures and other medical procedures that are not covered by insurance that are considerably less expensive here in the Philippines.

The quality of care is excellent and you can find hospitals and clinics that are as good as any back home. The medical staff speak English fluently so there are no communication problems. The clinics are technologically advanced, modern and often have luxurious amenities.

Where is Cebu City?

Cebu City is in the centre of the Philippines and is strategically located in the Central Visayas Region of the country. It is the second most important city in the country.

Why choose Cebu City for plastic surgery?


More than ever before, people want to look good. If they are dissatisfied with any aspect of their appearance they don’t have to settle for it but can get it changed. Breasts can be reduced, augmented or lifted; body and facial contouring can be done; hair can be transplanted. In fact, nearly every part of the body can be changed with fat removal, implants or surgery. However, all these procedures come at a price and the price is not low in western countries like Australia and New Zealand, which is why traveling to Cebu City offers significant cost savings.

Some examples of the difference in cost in plastic surgery:

  • Breast Enlargement in Cebu City average cost AUD 4,000 compared to AUD 15,000 in Australia

  • Nose job in Cebu City average cost AUD 1,000  compared to AUD 8,000-20,000 in Australia

  • Facelift in Cebu City average cost AUD 2,000 compared to AUD 15,000-25,000 in Australia

Medical Facilities:

Cebu City has numerous large hospitals as well as smaller medical centers and clinics. Some of the hospitals are so big that they have a capacity of over 800 beds and are located in sprawling complexes. Others may be smaller, but still have hundreds of beds. From this you can gather that the doctors and staff deal with large numbers of patients and so have a wealth of experience under their belt. In the Philippines some hospitals also have Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditations, testifying to their high standards.

There are many smaller clinics, particularly those that specialize only in certain kinds of procedures. Here, too, the doctors are skilled and experienced, much more than those of countries like Australia and New Zealand simply because they deal with more patients annually than these countries which have a smaller population.

Doctor Training and Qualifications:

Medical doctors inevitably command respect and in Asian countries, medical education is highly prized. The standards for admission to medical school in the Philippines are very strict. After completing graduation with certain science subjects, the students have to appear for an entrance examination and it is only when they pass with a high percentage (often 80 percent is the minimum) can they join a medical school.

Medical education takes four years and this is followed by an internship for a year. Then, more studies follow and these can take three to six years particularly if the doctor wants to specialize in a specialty or a subspecialty. As in other countries, becoming a doctor takes years of extensive studies and practice.

Tourist Locations for pre and post-op recovery:

Cebu City has a host of hotels and other accommodations. As a medical tourist, it is best to check out hotels that offer the amenities that you require like room service and a variety of cuisines, laundry service and wi-fi. You should also check for entertainment options both inside the hotel and its proximity to outside avenues.

Where to stay in Cebu City?

You have a choice of hotels and you can select from local boutique hotels to global branded chain hotels, where you are familiar with the standard of the place and the brand. It makes sense to stay close to the city centre or even beach, but do check transport options nearby and see how far the clinic or hospital you want to go to is.

How safe is Cebu City?

Cebu City is among the safest places in the Philippines. The crime rate is relatively low. That said, it is best to dress down, not flash money or jewelry and indulge in risky behavior. In any big city there will be occasional petty crimes and, as a tourist, you really don’t want anything to happen to you. So just be aware and careful of your belongings, take metered taxis and you should be safe.

How can I be sure the quality of care is the same as back home?

All kinds of medical treatments carry some risk. Surgery can be risky anywhere even in your home country, and even in the best of medical facilities. No-one can ever guarantee your treatment 100%, but you can reduce your risks of having a bad experience simply by choosing a good surgeon and clinic.

For your safety and our reputation Medical Departures carries out all the safety checks required. We investigate the clinics and hospitals listed on our website. We check the track record of the doctors, their qualifications and accreditations as well as compiling real patient reviews. We visit the clinics and hospitals and check the amenities and ambience to ensure that they meet standards you may be accustomed to.

What happens if something goes wrong?  Do Filipino doctors have warranties or guarantees?

In the unlikely event that something does go wrong, Medical Departures will do our utmost to ensure we get things put right. However, we would advise you to take out insurance in case of medical complications that covers any additional charges you may incur for accommodation should you need to stay longer than planned, or if you have already left the country and need to book flights to come back again. Sure, this won’t fix your problem but it will take some of the worry away, and is a small price to pay for total peace-of-mind.

Do doctors speak English?

The majority of the Filipino population speaks English. The medium of instruction for medical training is English, you need have no fears about the English speaking capabilities of the doctors.

What payment methods are accepted in Cebu City?

As in major tourist destinations worldwide, all international credit and debit cards are accepted in Cebu City. You can also use international wire transfers or other payment methods. At the same time it is better to get some money changed at the airport so that you can make small cash purchases or for tips.

When is the best time to visit for plastic surgery in Cebu City?

All clinics and hospitals are open for the entire year. You have to decide which time will suit you. As far as weather goes, from October to March is a good time to visit. Of these November, December and January are the best months, but tend to be busiest.

In the winter months, the weather is cooler. The rest of time, Cebu City can be hot and humid. June to October is the rainy season.

What is the downside? What should I know about getting plastic surgery in Cebu City?

About the only downside of going to Cebu City is that it will be an unfamiliar place. On the upside, your money will go a lot further here, and you can stay at a reasonably priced hotel in relative luxury, get all your needs catered for and not have to bother about household chores or work, like you would at home.

When you go to Cebu City for major surgery then make sure that you go there in time to enjoy your holiday as well. If you go from the airport to the clinic and don’t spend any time taking in the sites and attractions of Cebu City, you will miss out on a great experience. And if you go with someone, you need to ensure that your companion has enough to see and do as well, particularly if you are going to be on bed rest for a few days.

If you have minor procedures that do not incapacitate you, then you can also join in the activities, though you may have to take it easy for a day or two. Perhaps you need to keep out of the sun or water. Perhaps you need to be off alcohol. Perhaps you need a special diet for some time. In any case, if you are antibiotics and painkillers, you may not feel like too much activity so make sure that the hotel has entertainment options onsite.

When you get plastic surgery in Cebu City done, a little planning and forethought will make your surgery and your stay a memorable, trouble-free experience.

What else is there to do in Cebu City?

Cebu City is a prime historical, cultural and religious destination. Apart from its tropical weather and lush greenery, it is also a bustling metropolis and you may want to sign up for some guided tours that will take you to the best sightseeing spots.

It is also host to a number of massage centers, spas and wellness services. Pre or post surgery, you must take advantage of these facilities. These will relax and rejuvenate you and will aid in your recovery.

Cebu City has all kinds of watersports like parasailing and scuba diving, and an exotic marine life, including mammals like whales that are a treat to watch. The Central Cebu Mountains are close by and a trip to Mountain View is recommended –  it’s open 24 hours. Among the many waterfalls, Kawasan Falls are gorgeous, though it may be a bit of a trek and can take more than two hours to reach. In the heart of the city is the Sky Experience that will enable you to get a bird’s eye view of the city as you indulge in adventure sports like Tower Zipping and the Edge Coaster.

Reaching Cebu City

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport is on Mactan Island. This is the second biggest and busiest airport in the Philippines, after Manila airport. Most international and domestic flights land here. Cebu City is also a stopover for many cruise ships, so if you are cruising and want some minor cosmetic procedure you can get it done here as well.

Transport in Cebu City

Cebu City is very tourist friendly. You can travel by metered taxies, jeepneys and local buses. Before getting into a taxi you should find out whether it is going to ply by meter or not as many drivers insist on a fixed fare.

Approximate flight times from other destinations to Cebu City:

Flight times vary and depend on the number of stopovers and how much time the layover takes before your flight takes off again.

  • Los Angeles to Cebu City – 15 hours

  • New York to Cebu City – 21 hours

  • Toronto to Cebu City – 21 hours

  • London to Cebu City – 21 hours

  • Sydney to Cebu City – 11 hours 20 minutes

  • Auckland to Cebu City – 16 hours 30 minutes

Visa Requirements:

From western countries like U.S.A., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand visas are not required for a stay of 30 days. If you plan to stay longer then you can apply locally or apply for a longer visa from your home country. For other countries it is best to check online.

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