The cost of 24 hour Holter cardiac monitoring in Iloilo Philippines is P2,775 or about $65 (US), including the cardiologist’s interpretation, at Iloilo Diagnostic and Ultrasound Center. Holter monitoring is more or less an ambulatory electrocardiogram. The purpose is to catch possible cardiac events over a longer period of time than is possible during an office visit. This is an example of the affordability of care in the Philippines. In the U.S. Holter monitoring would cost $500 to $1,000. Of course, in the U.S. I would be covered by Medicare medical insurance but still the out-of-pocket cost would likely still be higher in the U.S. While the monitor was a bit bigger and bulkier than the latest ones, the monitor worked flawlessly, the staff seemed competent and the computerized interpretation and report thorough.
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