I discovered Alabang Medical Center (AMC) when I was in dire need of anti-rabies and anti-tetanus shots last April 17 — when my cat accidentally scratched me.
The first hospital I went to was Sta. Rosa Medical Center, the nearest hospital to my house. Unfortunately, they ran out of anti-rabies vaccines. Summer is some sort of bite/scratch season for some reason. I went to Asian Hospital and almost got a serious heart attack when the estimated first treatment was calculated to be P51k and the succeeding shots (there are 4 more shots, i believe) at about P25k per shot (was it more? i can’t remember). Then I tried Ospital ng Muntinlupa, which was a few steps away Asian. Though I might not get a heart attack there because of the lower price (just assuming because I never got to asking), I might get one as the environment as I remember it was noisy (there was a child wailing — can’t blame him though cause he was about to get an injection) and the facilities are generally in need of scrubbing. So, I went inside the ER and out in a flash. I got a recommendation for RITM – Research Institue for Tropical Medicines (or something like that) but got a warning that if I didn’t like Osmun then I wouldn’t like RITM either — environment-wise. Oh sheep.
I remembered Alabang Medical Center which is along Alabang Zapote Rd. No prior experience from this hospital but seriously? I need an anti-rabies shot fast. It was worth a try considering the lack of further options.
AMC turned an otherwise hopeless and uncomfortable experience to a pleasant one. Here are the whys:
1. Facilities are generally clean and spacious. It’s still no Asian Hospital though so lower your expectations a bit.
2. The hospital is pretty quiet. I was the only patient that time — all eyes on me! 🙂
3. Doctors and staff are nice and attentive.
4. The attending physician (AP) took the extra care to write down the dates of my anti-rabies shots. Some would probably write “shots for 3rd, 7th, 4th day of bite”; but, the AP wrote the exact dates — maybe he thought i’d get my counting messed up. Well, I’d be likely to so I appreciate him spoon feeding me with the dates.
5. The AP recommended that to cut costs I should buy the vaccine from Mercury Drug and come to the ER to have it administered instead of going to the ER directly. His recommended course of action would cost me about P1,689.50 (1629.50 for the vaccine, P60 for ER fee). He said that I can even have the vaccine administered by a company nurse or doctor which would eliminate the ER fee. If I go directly to ER, however,I would spend P2,760 (P2,700 for the vaccine, P60 for ER fee).
6. The ER staff are empowered to recommend cost-cutting measures. I went there yday to have my 4th dose administered. For the past 2 doses, I was buying from Mercury and seeking the help of our company doctor to administer the shots. But yday, there was no company doctor because of the labor holiday. I was prepared to pay the P2,760 when the ER staff told me I could buy at the hospital pharmacy and have it administered in the ER. This would cost less than P2,760. He estimated that the vaccine at the pharmacy will cost only P2,100 thereabouts (or P600 less than if I let ER handle everything). So, I went to the hospital pharmacy prepared to pay P2,100. To my surprise, the pharmacist asked me what the going price at Mercury for the vaccine and charged me that … P1,629.00 (I even forgot the P0.50). Wow.
7. There are no queues in the ER nor in the cashier.
I was out of AMC under 15 minutes (more or less) for my shot. 🙂 The process was totally painless — well, except for the injection itself.
Kudos to AMC. 🙂 I would keep you guys in mind just in case I need ER services in the future … though I hope not. 🙂