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Based on the records of the Center for Health Development of the Department of Health, Quezon City has 58 licensed hospitals with a combined bed capacity of 8,566. Forty-two (42) are privately owned and sixteen (16) of these are government-owned, with a ratio of 1:341 (a hospital bed to population). Four of these hospitals are internationally accredited and certified.

• ST. LUKES MEDICAL CENTER - Joint Commission International (JCI) and the International ISO 9001 Certification for the Institute of Radiology and known for its aggressive acquisition of top-of-the-line latest equipments and is better equipped than 90% of hospitals in the United States. One of these is the first 256-slice CT scanner in the country that allows doctors to capture incredibly detailed three-dimensional images of a living patient's internal organs, bones and blood vessels at a very fast acquisition rate.

• NATIONAL KIDNEY INSTITUTE - first government hospital to be ISO 9001:2000 certified by Technical Universal Verifiable (TUV) Product Service in 2002 then it was able to acquire its re-certification in 2009 and has been upgraded to 9001:2008 and pioneered the Stem Cell Transplantation.

• WORLD CITI MEDICAL CENTER - Integrated Management System (IMS) Certificates or ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System) and OHSAS 18001:2007 and the first hospital and school to be accredited with Certification International in the Philippines. It is also the first and only Medical Hotel in the Philippines.

• PHILIPPINE HEART CENTER - the recent addition to the list of internationally accredited hospitals who recieved the Accreditation Canada International for excellence in medical practices, patient safety and the leader in upholding the highest standards of cardiovascular care.

Eight hospitals in the city accept international insurance, namely:

  • Capitol Medical Center
  • Ann Francis Mother and Child Hospital
  • Fairview General Hospital
  • St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • World Citi Medical Center
  • National Kidney Institute
  • Veterans Memorial Medical Center
  • United Doctors’ Medical Center


Other well-known hospitals in the city are:

  • Lung Center of the Philippines, which is a leading center for specialized care in respiratory and other lung diseases.  It offers physical therapy for people with musculo-skeletal disorders and for post-stroke patients.
  • East Avenue Medical Center is a premium training and education center that is a full-service  hospital under the Department of Health.  It has a Trauma and Eye Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Acute Stroke Unit, Gastroenterology Clinic, among its many specialized care units.
  • Capitol Medical Center is a private tertiary hospital with a 300- bed capacity.   It provides medical care for 10 specialties and has 11 operating theaters. It is a home to the Philippines first successful kidney transplant in the Philippines in 1970 and acquired the first Digital Infrared Thermograph Imaging in the country.  The first Laparoscopic Nephrectomy was also performed by CMC surgeons in 2003.

The Philippines’ Department of Health has operationalized a program to encourage hospitals to upgrade their facilities and services towards international standards.  It has put in place an ISO-based accreditation system called Gintong Sigla, which is a seal of excellence that also requires JCI accreditation.  St. Luke’s Medical Center already has a Gintong Sigla accreditation.  Included in the first phase of this program are Quezon City hospitals such as Capitol Medical Center, East Avenue Medical Center, Lung Center of the Philippines, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Philippine Heart Center, and the Philippine Children’s Medical Center.

Quezon City’s internationally known hospitals enable it to share in the growth of the health and wellness market.  The main driver for foreign patients is the cost-effectiveness of medical procedures and facilities that are of international standards.  Foreign tourists also find comfort in the city’s highly trained, English-speaking and Western-educated medical personnel.

Major Hospitals in Quezon City



Number of Beds




Lung Center of the Philippines



National Kidney and Transplant Institute



Philippine Heart Center for Asia



East Avenue Medical Center



Phil. Children’s Medical Hospital






St. Luke's Medical Center



U.E.R.M Memorial Medical Center



World Citi Medical Center



Capitol Medical Center



FEU Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation Center



City-owned and managed



Quezon City General Medical Center



Novaliches District Hospital





To obtain a gauge of costs of medical treatment in private hospitals in Quezon City, the following table on cost ranges for Philippine hospitals can be used as comparison guide:


Type of Treatment

US Hospitals (US$)

Philippines (US$)

Average Savings

Medical Procedures




Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery


$11,500 -$17,000

83% - 86%

Heart-valve Replacement

$75,000 - $140,000

$14,000 - $21,000

81% - 85%

Labaroscopic Gastric Bypass

$35,000 - $52,000

$2,000 - $3,500

92% - 94%

Hip Replacement

$33,000 - $57,000

$5,000 - $7,600

84% - 86%

Knee Transplant

$30,000 - $53,000

$5,200 - $7,700

82% - 85%

Prostate surgery (TURP procedure)

$10,000 - $16,000

$1,500 - $2,700

83% - 85%

Liver Transplant

$290,000 - $310,000

$120,000 - $150,000

51% - 58%

Kidney Transplant

$200,000 - $250,000

$23,000 - 250,000

88% - 90%

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

$6,000 - $10,000

$3,000 - $4,000

50% - 60%

Face Lift (Rhytidectomy)

$10,500 - $16,000

$3,500 - $4,500

66% - 71%

Breast Augmentation (Mammoplasty)

$7,500 - $8,500

$3,000 - $3,500

58% - 60%

Breast Reduction

$8,000 - $10,000

$3,000 - $3,200

62% - 68%

Complete Liposuction (Lipoplasty)

$13,000 - $14,000

$3,000 - $4,000

71% - 76%

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

$5,500 - $6,500

$2,000 - $2,500

61% - 63%

Eye / Ophthalmology

Cataract surgery

$1,500 - $2,500

$800 - $900

46% - 64%

General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental Implant

$3,500 - $5,500

$500 - $600

85% - 89%


For other health problems, the city has 678 dental clinics and 61 dental laboratories, 83 dermatology clinics, 64 private lying-in centers and maternity clinics, 55 general medical clinics, 41 neuro-psychiatric testing centers, 14 cosmetic and surgical clinics, 4 acupuncture clinics and  674 establishments rendering various medical services.


Quezon City is also seeking to become known for hair transplant, hair restoration and hair replacement procedures, as promoted by the Quezon City Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


As for the first tiers of public health care, the city government constructed and manages 60 health centers, seven of which are what are called super health centers, since they serve as 24-hour lying-in clinics and are able to attend to non-medico legal emergency cases and normal deliveries.  Three are social hygiene clinics, 18 have microscopy laboratories and one maintains a quality assurance laboratory.    The city government has also started operating teen health centers, specifically addressing the medical concerns of teenagers.

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