Cost of TURP ( transurethral resection of the prostate) in Manila, Philippines. I visited the National Kidney and Transplant Institute for a checkup and to explore the option of TURP surgery. I spoke with a urologist, Dr. Emmanuel V. Lenon and had an ultrasound. Dr. Lenon said that very few TURP surgeries are done now because drug therapy generally controls BPH. He said that TURP surgery would cost P80,000 to P90,000 if done at NKTI or about $2,000. This is about the same as this surgery would cost in Iloilo City. This was in May 2012. For comparison, take a look at costs for this surgery in Singapore The Singapore link not only shows the cost of the surgery but how many many operations are performed at big Singapore hospitals. Singapore General Hospital performed 140 TURP surgeries 1 Jan 2012 to 31 Aug 2012 or just about one TURP per week-day. This Singapore Ministry of Health site is really exemplary, showing costs and volumes of medical treatment at the major Singapore hospitals.
This was our first visit to NKTI. NKTI is a hybrid public hospital serving both the poor and the affluent. Diagnostic and other facilities for private pay patient patients are quite nice. We’ve heard that private pay patient rooms are also very nice, but we did not get a chance to see them. NKTI, like the Philippine Heart Center, seek to attract private pay patients, to compete for these patients with some of the upscale Manila hospitals such as The Medical City and Asian Hospital. We have to frankly say that while the facilities for private pay patients were good, we did not feel the staff were especially attentive. This is understandable. Doctors at NKTI have a large caseload of public patients, many of them with very serious conditions. The doctors are dedicated and perhaps are a bit resentful of being pulled away to cater to private pay patients with more trivial problems.
National Kidney & Transplant Institute
East Avenue, Diliman
Quezon City 1101
Phone: (63) (2) 981-0300, 981-0400