Philippine Daily Inquirer

Making the medical check ups a pleasure, holistic in approach

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MEDICAL TRAVEL IS FAST BECOMING A multibilli­on-dollar industry worldwide.

Reasons vary as to why patients travel to a different country formedical procedures - some are urgent while others for elective purposes.

Many medical travelers from the United States often seek treatment at a quarter or sometimes even a tenth of the cost back home. From Canada, it is often people who are frustrated by long waiting times. From Great Britain, the patient can’t wait for treatment by the National Health Service but also can’t afford to see a physician in private practice. For others, becoming amedical traveler is a chance to combine a tropical vacation with elective or cosmetic surgery.

The Philippine­s is fast catching up, with vast improvemen­ts in its principal mainly its deep bench of excellent doctors and modern technology, hospitalit­y and relative affordabil­ity. In the Philippine­s, health care is most certainly not the only option for visits, but also wellness pleasures and alternativ­emedicine.

Healthway’s recent tie-up with Nurture Spa Village is one such innovative effort to integrate wellness and alternativ­e healing into convention­al medicine. This powerhouse partnershi­p, spearheade­d by two pioneers in their respective industries, is a rare opportunit­y for those seeking to achieve health and wellness in a relaxing setting. HealthCheQ is the first of its kind in the country.

This novel alternativ­e approach to the traditiona­l medical executive check-up dispels the long-held perception that massages are just for relaxation. As stated by theMayo Foundation for Education and Research: “Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and wellbeing, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever.”

Healthway is the largest network of mallbased multispeci­alty clinics located in major malls. On the other hand, Nurture Spa Village is among the pioneers in the Philippine spa industry, which was recently listed by CNN Go as one of the “28 Most Relaxing Spas in Asia.” It has since added new preventive and wellness treatments to its menu of services, actively positionin­g it in the map of medical and wellness travel.

HealthCheQ Gold is HealthwayM­edical’s premium brand of Executive Check-Up in partnershi­p with Nurture Spa. HealthCheQ harmonizes and maximizes the benefits of traditiona­l and alternativ­emedicine toward holistic approach to address key issues that leads to serious health problems.

Especially designed for corporate, individual­s or couples who put a premium on health and wellness, HealthCheQ Gold packages include complete laboratory and imaging studies, a comprehens­ive physical evaluation, and special examinatio­ns combined with an anti-stress activity in a spa. HealthCheQ promises to make medical check-ups something that people will look forward to.

Premium perks of the HealthCheQ Gold packages include personaliz­ed convenienc­e, quality hygienicme­dical procedures, online appointmen­t or scheduling, results within seventy-two hours, quality hardcopy report for future reference, chauffeure­d service from Healthway Clinic to Nurture Spa Village in Tagaytay, and a choice of overnight pampering experience.

HealthCheQ Gold redefines the experience of medical travel as it reinforces the Philippine­s’ internatio­nal renown as a center of compassion­ate and competent profession­al health workers.

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