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How is PH for a holiday destination, of say two weeks, coming from Thailand?

 

Does it make for a good getaway from LOS?

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Having a VA clinic in the PI is a BIG Plus for expat American vets looking for an alternative retirement country.

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Philippines Retirement program (SRRV) is not well marketed (website and email addressess regularly crash/change and/or are ignored) and my requests for information have been inconsistently fulfilled.  I lived in the PI as a child and like the place, but the 'permanent residency' which costs $30USD/month after the deposit and fees might not be a 'bargain'. 

 

Beware anyone pushing the SRRV program on forums online as 'marketers' are required  to be registered with PRA due to a history of MASSIVE fraud.

 

Panama has several programs for residency; most of Latin America has some sort of pensioner's visa regime as well.  I have multiple 'permanent' visas, including Panama.  Malaysia also has a good reputation.

 

Services at the VA clinic are fairly basic - not much different from any decent local doctor.  If you are in Manila, you can get an annual physical and be seen for any illness or injury on an outpatient basis, just like in the USA.  (Keep in mind that you will be charged the US co-pay rates for your medications and care, just like in Kansas!)  If you get sick outside Manila, I doubt you will want to travel all the way to the VA Clinic for some Sudafed and Tylenol.  Oh, and your doctor at the VA Clinic might be a local hire.

 

If you are Service-Connected Disabled, you are eligible for local care (almost) anywhere in the world for your S/C conditions through the Foreign Medical Program. 

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On 2/1/2019 at 5:03 PM, HLover said:

Never had a brown out while there.

 

I have to ask where were you in the PI?

 

Brown outs are a way of life.

 

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