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Medical for Canadian Visa in Manila
There are two locations for the Canadian medical in Manila. One is St. Luke’s Extension Clinic in Ermita, and the other is the IOM Clinic in Makati City. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. St. Luke’s Clinic requires no appointment and offers same day results. The clinic is very crowded and the surrounding area is somewhat slummy. The doctors are very formal and gruff. On the other hand, IOM is located in a beautiful area of Makati City, the doctors and receptionists are very friendly, and the office is modern and clean. In this clinic, patients sit on couches as oppose to St. Luke’s where they sit on steel chairs. IOM, however, is by appointment only and the results take 14 to 21 days. St. Luke’s has a detailed website which includes fees and a flowchart. I could not find any website for IOM and the online details are sketchy at best. It is important to arrive early at both of these clinics – preferably about 6 o’clock before they open.
The exact process for the Canadian Visa Medical are as follows:
First, before entering the building, your will have show your requirements to guard at the door. This will primarily consist of your 6 recent passport size photos and your identification.
Upon entering the building, you will proceed to the Canada reception area on 5th floor, get a number, and wait to be called. Sometimes this can be a lengthy wait depending on the number of applicants there.
When your number is called, the receptionist will give you a personal information form to fill out. Then, you will proceed to the cashier and pay the required fee. All of the fees are in the link I provided above for the St. Luke’s Clinic. After that, you will return to the reception area and go to the digital photo station to have your picture taken. The photograph will be applied to the medical report that needs to be filled out at each station. You will carry this form with you.
The first station, is the chest xray on the second floor. You will wait for your name to be called. When your name is called, proceed to the room and have your xray done.
The second station, is the blood and urine tests on the fourth floor. Again, you have to wait for your name to be called.
The third station, is on the fifth floor for the blood pressure test. If it is too high, they will take it again.
The next station, is also on the fifth floor. They will measure your height and weight. After that, is the eye examination. You are simply asked to read an eye chart.
After the eye examination, is the physical exam. This is the most awkward part of the medical. You will first be asked a battery of question regarding your current heath status and your medical history. You will then be asked to remove your clothes, bend over, and spread your cheeks so the doctor can examine your rectal area. This is done primarily to check for evidence of sexually transmitted diseases.
Next, put your clothes back on and return to the reception area. Once again, you will have to wait for you name to be called. When your name is called, the receptionist will inform you if further tests are required. If they are not, you will be asked to return later in the day for the immunization interview. After the interview, you will probably need immunization shots which costs a little over 1000 pesos.
The process is lengthy but hassle free. If there are no complications, you will probably be there for 7 or 8 hours. You will not, under any circumstances, be given the complete results of your medical as it will be forwarded to the Canadian Embassy.