Medical Tourism in Singapore

  • April 13, 2017
  • Siddharth Burman
Medical Tourism in Singapore

Medical tourism in Singapore has grown manifold because of the country’s brilliant medical eco-system that has respected healthcare professionals trained in the best medical centres in the world. Singapore sees revenue of roughly around Singapore dollars 832 million annually due to medical tourism.

Medical tourism in Singapore

Why Singapore?

If there’s one thing that this country is known for, is its splendid medical treatment and techniques. Following are the facts to support the statement, as to why Singapore is truly worth it when it comes to visiting the country for healthcare-

  • Bloomberg ranks it at number one out of 51 other countries for great healthcare
  • High trained medical officials are the reason behind the medical success of Singapore
  • Ranked second in the world for best results that occur out of healthcare procedures
  • They came up with H1N1 virus vaccine
  • Singapore is the best place to visit for cancer treatments
  • Twenty-one JCI accredited hospitals
  • Blood banks in Singapore are deemed as safest in the world
  • Best regional biomedical headquarters are in Singapore

Treatments that Singapore is known for:

Cardiology: Some of the best Cardiac surgeons in the world are in Singapore helping patients. They undergo complex surgeries and medical treatments pertaining to the heart.

Neurology: Neurology, one of the most complex fields in medical science is well catered to in Singapore. Diseases of the brain with the brain functioning or other complications in the body are treated here with utmost care.

Oncology: Oncology or the study and treatment of tumors caused by cancer is one of the prime reasons why medical tourists visit Singapore year after year. Cancer is a growing destructive phenomenon in the world currently and the treatment for the same can be done in Singapore.

Ophthalmology: Ophthalmological procedures of all sorts are done in Singapore as this country uses the most advanced methods in eye surgery and treatment of eyes.

Organ transplants: A lot of organ transplantation depends on sourcing of organs legally. Medical facilities in Singapore ensure that the sourcing of organs is done legally and in a resourceful manner, making it a top favourite country for surgeries pertaining to organ transplants.

Orthopedics: Replacement surgeries or treatment of ailing joints is something that hospitals in Singapore excel at. They deal with all domains of Orthopaedics and excel at replacement surgeries.

Paediatrics: Childcare and ailments with children can be treated and concluded in the best medical facilities in Singapore. Singapore hosts advanced child treatment science and boasts of being the best in the world when it comes to caring for children.

Some hospitals also provide Medical treatment Packages in Singapore so that one can get good medical care through.

Where to go in Singapore for medical treatment?

Mount Elizabeth Hospital Singapore: Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore is operational since 1979 and is the first hospital in Asia to win the Asian management award for exceptional people management and development. It’s a 505-bed facility with advanced medical facilities and offers treatments in various fields like neuroscience and cardiology.

Gleneagles Hospital: Gleneagles Hospital is a JCI accredited facility which again offers treatment in many fields. It is also hosted highly advanced medical, communication and information technology. The facility consists of 380 beds and is a preferred destination for medical tourists around the world.

East Shore Hospital: Located on the east coast of Singapore, this Hospital is a general acute care hospital. It has high expertise in the fields of Surgery, Paediatrics, Gynaecology, and Obstetrics. With the latest equipment and excellent medical Infrastructure, this hospital is highly recommended for medical tourists visiting Singapore.

National Heart Center: The National heart center in Singapore has been designated by the country of Singapore to be the mascot when it comes to ailments related to the heart. This facility is the first facility outside the U.S.A to be accredited by the JCI for heart treatments and surgeries and sees about 100,000 patients annually.

Raffles Hospital: Raffles Hospital is a 380-bed territory care hospital and excellent for medical tourists coming from Europe or the U.S.A. Its rooms are top notch and designed like any five-star property that one is likely to visit. Raffles Hospital facilitates the latest medical equipment and a highly trained medical staff.

These five are the Best Hospitals in Singapore for medical treatment pertaining to medical tourism.

The average cost of Surgeries in Singapore:

Costs vary, highly depending on where you are availing treatment. A cost of a certain procedure may be something else at one hospital than the other. Hence it is always advisable to research the cost of surgery before admitting yourself as a medical tourist in a hospital in Singapore. For example, Bypass surgery in Singapore could cost you around $25,000, Bronchitis cost around $1,253, hip replacement cost around $15,000, etc.

  1. Visa Process
  2. Passport and travel document
  3. Potential visitors can apply for “e-EXTEND” program.
  4. A return or onward ticket
  5. Sufficient funds
  6. Nationals from UK, U.S.A, EU, Australia and Canada do not require a Visa on Arrival
  7. Visa on arrival is usually 30 days with an extension which is possible
  8. Contact your embassy’s consulate for further information

Travel Tips for inbound medical tourists to Singapore:

Singapore overall temperature stays humid and hot. The best time to visit Singapore is in the festive month which begins from July and lasts till September during these months Singapore food festival is also held. The month which are the wettest lasts November till January and May-June are the hottest months.

Places to visit in Singapore

You can visit theme parks of Sentosa Island or could discover some gardens like Jurong Bird Park, Singapore botanical gardens, etc. You could also experience raging adrenaline rush in f1 car racing in Singapore’s Formula one circuit. Other attractive destinations are Fort canning park, Singapore night safari, Singapore flyer and more.

Cultural Do’s and don’ts, Singapore:

Don’ts
  • Do not chew gum. Chewing gum is banned in Singapore and is most likely to put you behind bars.
  • Do not litter in when in Singapore.
  • Do not smoke in public.
  • Do not get involved in drugs.
  • Avoid discussing religion or politics.
Do’s
  • Do address someone as Mr. or Miss. Depending on the person’s marital status.
  • Do shake hands for a warm greeting
  • Do remove your shoes while entering a temple or someone’s home
  • Do leave a little on your plate when you are finished eating
  • Do have coins when you need to use a public toilet

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