Nathalie Abejero

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Updated: 15 weeks 2 days ago

Maternity package rates at Bumrungrad (Bangkok) and St Luke’s hospital (Manila)

September 28, 2013 - 9:22am

As of this writing, the exchange rate is 30 Baht=US $1. So a normal delivery package at Bumgrungrad is US $1,196, while a C-section birth is US $3100. I was quite impressed with my experience at Samitivej hospital for Tristan’s birth in 2011. I imagine the facilities in Bumrungrad, which is considered a higher-class (5star) facility, must be better.

In comparison, when I had Saoirse in March this year in St Luke’s Hospital (Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Manila) the quote for a C-section delivery is PHP155,000-185,000 (US $3789-$4512) for 4-5 days’ hospitalization including delivery, recovery and nursery room charges, medicines and supplies used in the delivery room, hospitalization expenses (private room) and professional fees (OB-gyne, Pedia, Anesthesiologist). St Luke’s BGC is a similarly-billed 5star medical tourist hospital in Manila.

This ad was posted in the elevators.

the women’s health clinic

Pediatric department lounge area, complete with a small play space.


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Bumrungrad in pictures

September 28, 2013 - 8:43am

It feels like we’ve been touring hospitals this year. Six months ago we spent a lot of time in St Luke’s Hospital in Manila (also considered a 5star medical tourist hospital). I had the baby there while Keith had a series of cardiac checkups and screenings. We all had dental work done too. Now, Keith was evacuated to Bangkok’s Bumrungrad because of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever. What a year. Well.. here is Bumrungrad in pictures.

Lobby area of the old building, where the patient rooms are.

Reception area in the new building, where outpatient services for package checkups start.

Reception area of outpatient services, for package consultations. This is the 10th floor of the new building. There is a Starbucks, a cafeteria and a Bookazine with an awesome selection of kids’ books.

The pediatric lounge, complete with a play gym. This waiting area is absolutely spacious.

The 10th floor of the old building where Keith’s private room is. They have these cars for kids stationed all around the hospital departments.

Keith’s hotel room -err, his hospital room. The movies, sitcoms and music are fairly recent. There’s also a built-in internet for people who didn’t bring their gadgets.

The couch was large, more than comfortable for an adult staying with the patient, given that it *is* a hospital room. You can also request a cot, which was 200baht/night. This was all convenient for me and the two kids.

There is a kitchen area with microwave, refrigerator, table and two chairs, a sink, dishes. The bathroom is equipped with a hair dryer.

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Popsicles from Malaysia

September 28, 2013 - 3:52am

I love these popsicles once in a while. They’re one of the few interesting ice cream brands I’ve seen in Cambodia. By interesting I mean the flavors are local, not the typical imported vanilla chocolate strawberry. They carry red bean, sweet yellow corn, durian, taro (this is the least tasty flavor unfortunately), and black glutinous rice. I’ve only ever seen them in the bigger TELA gas station mini-marts or at the Paragon grocery store (behind the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh).

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things I love about Bangkok – Thai Iced Tea and Iced Green Tea

September 28, 2013 - 3:41am

One iced tea costs 25 Baht (~US $0.83) from a street vendor just outside Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok.

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