Good news! Makati Yellow Card holders may avail of PH's first digital PET-CT scan for free

Makati City Mayor Abby Binay said on Tuesday, April 30, that the city's Yellow Card holders and their dependents 18 years old and below, will soon have free access to digital PET-CT scan services.

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Binay said the PET-CT scanner, a diagnostic machine, is the first in the country that provides greater image clarity for the early detection and treatment of cancer, heart diseases, and neurological conditions.

She said that Yellow Card holders can avail of the service at Makati Life Medical Center by the third quarter of the year.

The Binay administration has consistently prioritized the health of its residents by upgrading health center facilities, providing free medicine, and offering free checkups.

"Acquiring a digital PET-CT scanner is part of our efforts to ensure that Makatizens have access to the best healthcare technologies available,” the mayor said.

“In Makati, our goal is to provide residents access to the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies. Advanced medical care should be accessible to everyone,” she added.

The local government said the PET-CT uMI 550 uses advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and enhances diagnostic precision by reconstructing images from comprehensive total-body data, which allows for sharper, more accurate visuals that lead to better-informed medical decisions. 

Binay and Makati City Administrator Claro Certeza recently witnessed the official signing ceremony led by Makati Life President and CEO Dr. Dennis Sta Ana., together with Paulo del Prado, representative from Paeonmed; Mayank Nath, President and CEO of Operista; and Dr. Jusong Xia, President of International Business at United Imaging.


Makati Life Hospital

Binay said the city’s Yellow Card holders will also soon enjoy other medical services and procedures for free.

Makati Life will have several specialized centers that feature the latest in medical technology and contemporary facilities dedicated to prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation across various specialties. 

The hospital will also have a Cancer Center equipped with a linear accelerator for radiation therapy.

There will also be a Cardiac Center that will offer services like cardiac catheterization for angiography, open heart surgeries, and organ transplants.

The Physical Rehabilitation Medical Center, meantime, will utilize robotics technology to treat disorders affecting joints and soft tissues.

The Makati Life Medical Center’s outpatient department is currently providing the city's residents and private patients access to healthcare, consultations, diagnostic, and pharmacy services.

Also, a 360-bed hospital will be fully operational by the end of the year, the city government said.

Makati Life Medical Center also currently offers annual physical examinations for Yellow Card holders 40 years old and above.

The annual examinations allow patients to have health check-ups, laboratory and imaging tests by including more screenings such as metabolic, lipid, liver, and kidney profiles, among others.