There are a couple of medium-sized hospitals in Iloilo, Iloilo Doctors and St. Paul’s. Many say that 300 bed St. Paul’s is the best hospital in Iloilo. It does seem well run. The buildings seem well maintained and St. Paul’s has attractive landscaped grounds, but the parking situation is terrible. The pharmacy is very nice with prices which are competitive with others in the city. We’ve used laboratory and x-ray (imaging) and ultrasound services and both seem good. For walk-in or emergency treatment, as with all hospitals, it’s definitely best if you have an established relationship with a doctor you trust. If not, you’ll be assigned to a doctor who may or may not be satisfactory. St. Paul’s does accept foreign credit cards. This is an advantage as you must pay before you receive services. The capacity of Iloilo City hospitals is under severe stress with long waits for elective care and even emergency care. Waits at doctor’s offices can also be long. The best doctors are often the busiest.
The streets of Iloilo are filled with nursing students. Medical education is a major industry in Iloilo. Based on the percentage of graduates who pass the nursing board exams, Iloilo has two of the best schools of nursing in the Philippines; St. Paul’s and Western Visayas State University. They are usually in the top ten in the Philippines. See the 2011 results here
Some of the hospitals do have ambulances, as do some of the rural towns outside of the Iloilo City. However most accident victims and others needing emergency services are bundled into a police vehicle or taxi or private vehicle for their trip to the hospital. Part of retirement in the Philippines is doing without modern emergency medical services.
See also recommended doctors and dentists: /recommended-iloilo-philippines-doctors-and-dentists/
The Saviour International Hospital in Molo was recently taken over by The Medical City, one of the big, well regarded Manila hospitals. Major improvements are promised.
Other principal hospitals are Mission Hospital and West Visayas State University Medical Center, both in Jaro. Since West Visayas is one of the best schools of nursing in the Philippines, the quality of nursing care should be good at this public hospital.