Please enter your username and password here:Forgot Password?
Please enter your details here:or Login
Healthcare standards in Singapore are quite high. As treatment is generally provided with good value for money, many foreign nationals come to Singapore for medical tourism. According to the World Health Organisation 2000 ranking, Singapore has the 6th best healthcare system in the world.
In Singapore, doctors and hospitals are mostly private, though there are some hospitals owned by Government-owned corporations. Healthcare is largely financed through insurance, whether social or private insurance. Opting to pay the full amount out-of-pocket is possible for expats that do not require social insurance coverage. See National Health Services for Expats in Singapore.
As a rule, Singapore's health system is based on Western medicine. That being said, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is widely available as well.
If you are not happy with Singapore's healthcare system, you can still consider postponing treatment until after you leave Singapore. In any event, you must go to a Singaporean hospital if you are in an emergency situation.
The cost of medical treatment in Singapore is quite low, especially if you compare it with the US or Hong Kong. The reason for this is because:
Therefore, many expats may find it worthwhile to get elective treatment during their stay in Singapore.
More information about the fee schedule can be found on the Ministry of Health website.
Finding a doctor
You should look for a good general practitioner (GP) in your local area as soon as possible. In Singapore, there are 18 polyclinics and 2,400 private doctor's practices.
Singaporeans generally go to private sector doctors for primary care services unless they are looking for subsidised treatment. In choosing the right doctor, seeking advice from informed friends or relatives will greatly help. In addition, feel free to:
Specialist treatment is widely available in Singapore. Dentistry and mental health issues tend to be taken seriously by the healthcare system, even in Government hospitals. An overview of dentistry fees in Singapore can be found here.
It's perfectly fine to go straight to a specialist without prior GP referral. However, it's unlikely to be the most suitable option if you are looking for subsidised specialist treatment. In such cases, you might wish to consider going to a specialist clinic.
There are 13 private hospitals and 8 Government-owned hospitals in Singapore, plus various day surgery or specialist clinics. As a rule, Government hospitals are better prepared for acute care.
Government hospitals are subject to a classification from A1+ to C, A1+ being both the most sophisticated and expensive ward. Conversely, class C and B2 hospitals are the most subsidised. Recent experience shows some improvements in class C and B2 hospitals.
In practice, hospital charges may be higher for foreign nationals or SPRs notwithstanding the subsidy rate structure. Fee waivers may apply for the neediest, regardless of immigration status.
Do take disease prevention matters very seriously when you come to Singapore. As the climate is equatorial, infections spread very quickly. It is strongly advisable to go out of your way to review your day-to-day habits for disease prevention purposes. Do not, for example, leave any bucket full of dormant water in your flat.
Advance Medical Directive (AMD)
You may be asked to consider signing an Advance Medical Directive (AMD) in Singapore. AMD is a legal document which states whether you are wish not to be given life-sustaining treatment in the event you become terminally ill and death is imminent.
There is no obligation to sign an AMD. If you do, two witnesses will be needed.
Sections in HEALTHCARE IN SINGAPORE:
We value input from our readers. If you spot an error on this page or have any suggestions, please let us know.
If you are considering moving to Singapore or are soon to depart, you can find helpful information and advice in the Expat Briefing dedicated Singapore section including; details of immigration and visas, Singaporean forums, Singaporean event listings and service providers in Singapore.
From your safety to shopping, living in Singapore can yield great benefits as well as occasional drawbacks. Find your feet and stay abreast of the latest developments affecting expats in Singapore with relevant news and up-to-date information.
Working in Singapore can be rewarding as well as stressful, if you don't plan ahead and fulfill any legal requirements. Find out about visas and passports, owning and operating a company in Singapore, and general Singaporean culture of the labour market.
About | Useful Links | Global Media Partners | Media | Advertising And Sales | Banners And Widgets | Glossary | RSS | Privacy & Cookies | Terms And Conditions | Editorial Policy | Refer To A Friend | Newsletters | Contact | Site Map
Important Notice: Wolters Kluwer TAA Limited has taken reasonable care in sourcing and presenting the information contained on this site, but accepts no responsibility for any financial or other loss or damage that may result from its use. In particular, users of the site are advised to take appropriate professional advice before committing themselves to involvement in offshore jurisdictions, offshore trusts or offshore investments. © Wolters Kluwer TAA Ltd 2017. All rights reserved.
The Expat Briefing brand is owned and operated by Wolters Kluwer TAA Limited.