The Frugalicious Mantra

The Frugalicious Mantra

Thursday, May 5, 2016


*picture owned by Save The Little Hearts

More or less, here are some anecdotes from Ms. Joyce Alumno, President and Country Manager of Aster DM Healthcare. 

Kindly leave the theatrics to 'yours truly' of course. 

Were you one of those who coaxed your old mother in an overseas trip but you faced a health emergency? It turned out your mother's health is more delicate than expected and she had to be hospitalized abroad. No problem right? Except, you don't have her medical records. You are on vacation after all! 

What to do next? 
*Please wait for my blog entry about Dr. Nicco Alegro's lecture about Hypertension and Diabetes.

All those diagnostic tests had to be repeated to declare her  already diagnosed condition - "just to make sure". Without those medical records, it's back to step one.

Who would have known right? Not us, but....
ASTER would have known. 

"Aster care is reliable care."
- charieclarin
Aster what?
ASTER Medical and Diagnostic Clinic would have known. In ASTER...all these failure to anticipate and the many costly inconveniences due to human error in health care is easily avoided. Thanks to their pioneering system, the EMR or Electronic Medical Records. 

I have thought about an OFW individual who is an ASTER client in the GCC areas (Middle East) or in India. They come home and they have a health issue. Can they bring all their medical records with them here in the Philippines or RE-DO all their tests? What a waste of precious time and hard earned money. 

There is another choice for this OFW. With ASTER Medical and Diagnostic Clinic and their EMR or Electronic Medical Records system, their medical records from the Middle East can be easily relayed to the Philippines ASTER clinic and used easily by the Filipino doctors here. How convenient huh! It is also a life saving and a pioneering method. 

When was the last time you went to the ER and found out you have to pay four to five times more compared to a regular consultation, only to be set aside by the triage nurse because your "fever" is not high enough?

You are no longer a priority in their book and yet, you'll still have to pay the high price of being a "bed warmer" right? 

Happened to me too.
Or how about this last scenario; were you in a #SuperMomMode,  and about to save a coughing little one and his scratchy throat between your eldest child's football practice and the middle one's PTA meeting. 

All of a sudden, you left out a hair raising banshee shriek, so loud the youngest one cried on the spot! Good thing the traffic was in a complete stop. Of all things to neglect! You forgot to bring your youngest child's old medical records to this new pedia! 

You had to cancel your clinic schedule because you have nothing to show for, didn't you?  

According to Aster's Clinic Operations Manager Mr. Emerson Conducto, there are no other clinics in the Philippines with an EMR system, except ASTER. He also said and I quote "We are passionate about patient protection and privacy".

Sure, we see those computers all the time inside every room, but it does not mean that all the clinic's system has connectivity and functionality. 
Believe it. 

I was not aware too until their Blogger Launch today at the 2nd floor of St. Francis Square. This building is just right across MEGAMALL'S Building A. How convenient!

In ASTER Medical and Diagnostic Clinic  they revolutionized the documentation system called EMR. It enables doctors around the world, under the umbrella of ASTER, to share patient's medical records anywhere and any time, for a faster, clearer and safer diagnosis. 

ASTER operates in the highest level of  Patient Confidentiality.As for privacy issues, ASTER is HEPA compliant. HEPA stands for the United States' Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. According to the HIPAA Act, only doctors have access to patient information
They have state-of-the-art facilities here and abroad. Here are some of the photos I've taken during our clinic tour. Remember, the clinic is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It never closes.

 *the reception area
 *the stress test area
 *more tests area
 *x-ray room
 *lazy boy seats for blood extraction
 *the laboratory
 *see how she's wearing hair nets and protective shoe covers?
*the rest of the laboratory

ASTER'S press release entitled ASTER CLINIC PIONEERS PAPERLESS SYSTEM THROUGH ITS EMR TECHNOLOGY stated that "Aster Dm Healthcare is one of the largest health conglomerates in he Gulf Region, Middle East and India. Founded by Dr. Azad Moopen, the Dubai-based healthcare conglomerate is committed in delivering quality and affordable healthcare in the country where it is present. 

It first made presence in the Philippines through it's non-profit arm, Dr. Moopen's (DM) Foundation, when it launched its "Save the Little Hearts" program that granted surgeries to children with congenital heart defects." 

I have included Joneil's photo, the brave little kid here to ASK you to please LIKE the page because apparently, according to the presentation, 1 LIKE = 100 pesos in charity for the little angels of Save the Little Hearts. Thank you and God bless. Thank you Dr. Azad Moopen for helping Filipino kids with congenital heart disease.
Aster DM Healthcare, the Dubai-head-quartered healthcare conglomerate now operates a network of more than 290 establishments covering an array of healthcare verticals - from hospitals, medical centres,pharmacies, diagnostics and speciality centres, healthcare, consultancy service, academics, & research to a medical college and an advanced medical city."

As for Frugalicious Pinay, I understand your reservations regarding a state-of-the art clinic. But their services are reasonable. For example, their Executive Check-Up is only Php 8,900-

I don't wanna be naming names, so please see for yourself when you do a bit of an online research the sharp contrast of the many popular facilities compared to ASTER'S prices. 
Palms open and ready when your jaws drop, once you saw other clinics and hospital's prices. LOL! ASTER have reasonable prices for it's top of the line services.

"Aster care is reliable care."
- charieclarin

If you want to check out more about ASTER, kindly call (o2) 532-7837.  

Plus thru #asterdmhealthcare #welltreatyouwell # metrobuzzbloggers . For more information about ASTER, please visit
* I met a new blogger friend LEOMY.
Click their names to check-out their blogs.
The three of us, along with NERI

left the building  for Megamall.
By the way, I dedicate this blog post to my HS barkada Mercedita Sumingcay, whose a MedTech and would probably appreciate a post like this. Hi Merce and little Sara! Nice bumping into you sis after ages!

Last but not the least, thank you to Mommy Lariza for the invite! 

High five for reading guys! 

Please wait for my next blog. I learned today that I should blog and update as much as I can, so I will.  I hope you can check me out every other day. 

live the sweet life, 
without taking out the smart in it!" 

Stay frugalicious y'all! 

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