Quality health care can be tough to afford for the majority of residents in Manila. Hospitals are in short supply and medical practitioners are flying off to higher paying foreign cities. The lack of hospitals keeps the rent high and the few doctors who do stay in the city are forced to raise prices to justify their opportunity loss. For child birth services at least, an alternative solution is emerging: bare bones facilities called lying-in clinics. These are built away from hospitals and are focused purely on assisting pregnancy. A typical lying-in will only have one delivery room with one obstetrician. Expect to find a team of nursing students on stand-by working for minimum or no pay.

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