The Healthcare System in Singapore
In the year 2014, Bloomberg named Singapore as having the most efficient healthcare system in the world. Medical centers and hospitals in Singapore are mostly public and government facilities, while a few are privately owned with advanced facilities.
Furthermore, the Singapore health care system is positioned in 6th place in the World Health Ranking, with its growing medical tourism.
Singapore has some of the world’s best hospitals and healthcare facilities which provide patients with the most modern and advanced medical procedures. Furthermore, the nation has around 21 JCI or Joint Commission International accredited hospitals and clinics that attract a large number of medical tourists annually. Some Singaporean hospitals also boast international accreditation such as OHSAS and ISO.
Other than international accreditation, Singaporean health facilities also have local certifications from the Singaporean Ministry of Health, SAC or Singaporean Accreditation Council, Singapore Laboratory Accreditation System and the Singapore Health Promotion Board, ensuring that patients will only have the best and quality treatments and procedures.
Meanwhile, doctors and physicians have obtained education and training from well-known centers all over the world. Thus, it is quite easy to converse with medical practitioners and staff in English. Also, doctors and medical practitioner’s practices and standards in Singapore are regulated by the Singapore Nursing Board, Singapore Medical Council, Singapore Dental Board, Laboratory Board, and Pharmacy Board.
Treatment Costs in Singapore
Despite the advanced and state-of-the-art healthcare facilities and equipment that Singapore has to offer, medical care is of good value when compared to other developed countries.
And even though the healthcare costs in Singapore is a bit costlier than in other Asian nations such as Thailand and India, it is significantly cheaper and cost-effective (30 – 80 percent lower) than the treatment costs in western countries such as the UK and the US, but you will get the same top quality treatment in Singapore that you will get from other developed countries.
Top Medical Procedures in Singapore
- Orthopedic Procedures
Skeletal and bone procedures in Singapore, such as knee replacement, hip replacement, spinal surgery pediatric orthopedics, deformity correction surgery, limb lengthening, meniscectomy, and ACL reconstruction, are usually preferred by medical tourists mainly because of lower costs.
- Cardiac Procedures
Singapore offers relatively low-cost cardiac procedures than other developed nations, attracting a number of patients from the US and European countries. Procedures include CABG, valve replacement, pacemaker implant, coronary angioplasty, open heart surgery. Aortic valve replacement and defibrillator implant.
- Cosmetic Surgery
Singapore is famous for advanced and affordable cosmetic surgery techniques. Aesthetic procedures such as tummy tuck, eyelid surgery, breast lift, and reduction, facelift, liposuction, and rhinoplasty are quite popular procedure choices in Singapore.
- Dental Care
Another common specialty in Singapore is high-quality dentistry. This may include simple procedures such as dental braces, crowns, bridges, dentures, fillings, veneers to complicated procedures such as oral surgery, maxillofacial surgery, cleft lip repair surgery, cleft palate repair surgery, and periodontics.
Owing to advanced technology and lower costs, Singapore is highly attractive to medical tourists that seek ophthalmic procedures such as cataract surgery, glaucoma, vitrectomy, LASIK, retinoblastoma, PRK, retinal detachment, phacoemulsification surgery, intraocular lens implant and more.
Other than the above-mentioned procedures and treatment, Singapore also offers patients other specialties such as non-invasive rejuvenation procedures, oncology, neurology, and pediatrics.