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Hi,

I am American & we are living in Hawaii. My Filipino wife and I are thinking about returning to the Phils. to live full time. I am on Medicare and currently purchase my drugs that way.

I am interested in any and all thoughts concerning how Expats are dealing with their needs for prescription drugs.

Anyone using Medicare and how are you doing that. please?

I have read through the forum and didn't see anything on prescriptions drugs.

What are Americans living in the Philippines doing for drugs if they are not ex-military?

Thanks

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Hi,

I am American & we are living in Hawaii. My Filipino wife and I are thinking about returning to the Phils. to live full time. I am on Medicare and currently purchase my drugs that way.

I am interested in any and all thoughts concerning how Expats are dealing with their needs for prescription drugs.

Anyone using Medicare and how are you doing that. please?

I have read through the forum and didn't see anything on prescriptions drugs.

What are Americans living in the Philippines doing for drugs if they are not ex-military?

Thanks
Hi Code Trader,

Unfortunately Medicare is not usable outside of the US. The closest place to here where it can be used is Guam. However, most medications are far--far less money here and makes it affordable for most everyone.
Also if your wife is still a Filipino citizen, upon return to the country she can join/re-join Philhealth insurance. That helps pay a good amount on any overnight hospital stay for both of you but still will not cover meds.

A good source of information especially if you are ex military is the VFW Post in Angeles City.


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You're very welcome. check your post again as I added a link to the Angeles City VFW Post. they have loads of info on their site and are a great help to people when here.


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On your medications, Mercury Drug and Manson Drug are two of the largest chain pharmicies in the country. Perhaps you can locate the meds and prices online also. Just a thought.


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I will do that, thanks. I am not a vet however.

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I will do that, thanks. I am not a vet however.
Makes no difference if you're a vet or not--all are welcome. If nothing else, its a good place to visit with other expats and get loads of information or just a good burger or taco etc. They have a library there that you can borrow books and donate any extra that you have also. Pretty fun place and the ONLY place around that has a really good Thanksgiving dinner!
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