Health Facilities

Singapore is generally acknowledged as having one of the most successful healthcare systems in the world, in terms of both efficiency in financing and the results achieved in community health outcomes. This is quite an achievement compared to most other developed countries. According to WHO; "health status in Singapore is good by international standards. The Singapore health care philosophy emphasizes the building of a healthy population through preventive health care programmes and the promotion of healthy living".

Both public and private hospitals are equipped with the latest medical equipment to maintain a high standard of medical service. Each of the three hospitals (Singapore General Hospital, Changi General Hospital and KK Women's & Children's Hospital) provides comprehensive medical care ranging from general outpatient services to specialist healthcare. The five national specialty centers (National Heart Centre, National Dental Centre, National Cancer Centre, Singapore National Eye Centre, National Neuroscience Institute) are focused on specific medical concerns. Eighty per cent of primary health care services are provided by private practitioners, while government polyclinics provide the remainder. For hospital care, the reverse occurs, with 80% provided by the public sector and the remainder by the private sector.

Outpatient services:

Singapore assumes that most people can afford most outpatient services in the private sector, since the amount charged is small relative to personal income. Government maintains a presence in the primary care market to provide subsidized services for those who cannot afford private-sector charges, as well as to force the private sector to reduce its charges to compete with the public sector. As a member of a Singapore primary school's "Health Club" - where membership is compulsory for overweight kids; designed special exercises on top of the regular physical education curriculum. Teachers monitor her height and weight every month.

If you call 995 you are picked up by the Emergency Ambulance Service (EAS) of the Singapore Defense Force which is manned by qualified personnel trained to stabilize patients and take them to the nearest designated hospital. Official response time is eight minutes with some individuals reporting a response time of 15 - 20 minutes. Your emergency call is handled through a computer system (Cubicon) that chooses the ambulance closest to your location.

To provide consumer choice and promote competition, Singapore relies on 800 private clinics to deliver outpatient services. These clinics can charge whatever they wish for their services with minimal government regulation. Penalties for drug offenses include death penalty. Even shoplifting is considered a rather serious offense in Singapore, with penalties that include lengthy prison time. These harsh punishments make Singapore one of the safest large cities in the world to visit.

Health facilities and medical package for tourists:

Medical tourism can be broadly defined as provision of 'cost effective' private medical care in collaboration with the tourism industry for patients needing surgical and other forms of specialized treatment. This process is being facilitated by the corporate sector involved in medical care as well as the tourism industry - both private and public. All the doctors have internationally recognized qualifications and have received their specialty training, or additional training, at leading institutions in those countries.

An initiative to support Singapore Medicine in promoting medical tourism in Singapore, serves as a platform for healthcare and tourism service providers to promote and showcase themselves to international patients or tourists and providing useful information and easy reference for visitors who are planning a healthcare related trip to Singapore. Tourists have begun to explore the country’s medical packages, lured by the efficient and professional medical care Singapore offers. Whether for general health check-ups, eye problems, heart disease, or complex brain surgeries, a health vacation to Singapore, coupled with medical travel insurance is the ideal solution for many patients.

The massive push in ramping up foreign patient numbers is a result of a government-inspired drive to attract a million medical travelers in 57 months. The leading drivers in Singapore are private health-care groups like Parkway Holdings and Raffles Medical Group, first and second respectively in the foreign patient stakes. By 2012, the Ministry of Health (MOH) estimates the medical travel and tourism market alone may be worth some $7 billion.

At the same time, a significant number of Malaysian doctors have moved to higher wage countries - in particular, to Singapore. They can offer medical services at significantly lower price compared to developed countries. Differences in labor costs are likely to account for much of the observed price differences. Second, hospitals in Singapore have established a reputation for high quality services.

Price comparison between Singapore and USA:

Cosmetic and Heart Surgery Cost (USD) at USA Cost (USD) at Singapore
Hip Replacement 24,000 15,000
Hip Resurfacing (Birmingham) 48,000 14,000
Breast Augmentation (Mammoplasty - Augmentation) 10,000 8,000
Breast Reduction (Mammoplasty - Reduction) 10,000 8,000
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) 7,000 3,750
Face Lift (Rhytidectomy) 20,000 6,250
Liposuction (Lipoplasty) Variable 5,000
Nose Surgery (Abdominoplasty) 7,300 4,375
Coronary Angiography 8,500 6,250
Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA or PCI) 6,000 1,313
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) 41,000 11,250
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) 56,000 12,900
Pacemaker Variable 7,500
*It is a rough estimation. For accurate pricing you need to contact specific hospital directly.

If you require hospitalization, the centrally located Mount Elizabeth Hospital is near Orchard Road at 3 Mount Elizabeth, Tel. (65)6737-2666 for accidents and emergencies call Tel. ( 65)6731-2218. You can also try Singapore General Hospital, Outram Road, and Tel. (65)6222-3322 for accidents and emergencies call Tel. (65)6321-4311.

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