LOGIN or JOIN
information for global expats



Health Emergencies for Expats in Singapore

Submitted: April 2014

In an emergency, you must call 995 or go straight to a hospital. If you are wondering about where to go, go the Accident & Emergency (A&E) Department of a public hospital. All patients coming to A&E Departments are immediately assessed in order to determine how urgent the matter is.

Because of its central location, the Tan Tock Seng Hospital tends to be more crowded than other hospitals in Singapore.

Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF)

For life-threatening emergencies, call the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) by dialling 995. The SCDF will then take you to the nearest hospital.

Don't dial 995 if your problem is not life-threatening, as you may be charged a SGD198 fine for this. In such cases, call instead the non-emergency private ambulance service at 1777.

More information on what is an emergency for which you should call 995 – and what is not –can be found here.

Many of the SCDF staff comprises of Singaporean citizens currently doing their National Service (NS), which is Singapore's conscription system.

Cost of emergency treatment

Healthcare is not free in Singapore, and this includes emergency treatment. SCDF services, however, are free if the emergency is found to be genuine, which is assessed by the A&E Department of the receiving hospital.

As far as private ambulance services are concerned, i.e. those for which you should dial 1777, an overview of their capabilities and charges is available here.

In an emergency, patients should not be denied treatment solely because they cannot afford the bill.

Travel advice

Many countries provide updated travel information to their citizens, and this often includes health advice. You should regularly check the Foreign Office website of your home country to see if there are any specific steps you need to make. Alternatively, you can go to your local embassy in Singapore.

 

Contribute

We value input from our readers. If you spot an error on this page or have any suggestions, please let us know.

 

Moving to Singapore

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.

picture1 Read More

Living in Singapore

From your safety to shoppingliving 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.

picture1 Read More

Working in Singapore

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.

picture1 Read More


 
 
 
 

Information

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.