Singapore’s healthcare system has gained an international repute of impeccable standards, with state-of-the-art medical facilities.
It is also readily accessible and affordable, thanks to a well-planned and integrated healthcare structure. More than 400,000 people come to Singapore each year for medical treatment.
Singapore’s healthcare system is renowned for its excellent clinical quality with outcomes comparable to leading healthcare institutions in the developed countries. Its healthcare institutions have established strong partnerships with top medical centres around the world and its doctors and surgeons have accomplished many firsts in the area of medical research.
Outpatient Medical Services
For outpatient medical services, heavily subsidised medical services are offered at 18 government polyclinics, including outpatient treatment, dental care, psychiatry, immunisation and health screening.
In addition, over 2,000 private General Practitioners (GPs) are readily found in most housing estates. Click here for a list of clinics in Singapore.
Public Hospitals in Singapore
There are seven public hospitals in Singapore comprising five general hospitals, a women’s and children’s hospital and a psychiatric hospital. Non-Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents may only stay in the A-class (1 or 2 beds per room) and B1-class (4 beds) wards. The Ministry of Health provides a list of complete charges including doctors’ fees for a comprehensive range of procedures at public hospitals here.
Six national specialty centres provide specialist services for cancer, cardiac, eye, skin, neuroscience and dental care.
There are also community hospitals for intermediate healthcare for the convalescent sick and aged who do not require the care of the general hospitals.
Private Hospitals in Singapore
The private hospitals in Singapore include Camden Medical Centre, East Shore Hospital, Gleneagles Hospital, Mount Alvernia Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Raffles Hospital, and Thomson Medical Centre. Most private hospitals offer executive or VIP suites. Some also offer premium medical services, such as Gleneagles Hospital’s elite health screening and the International Patients Centre at Raffles Hospital. Camden Medical Centre, which is also centrally located, houses some 59 specialist clinics and the latest suite of supporting medical facilities and services.
Click here for a full list of hospitals in Singapore.
Other Medical Services
There are also many specialist clinics in Singapore offering services in dentistry and optometry.
Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents are required to maintain a Medisave account as part of their Central Provident Fund (CPF), which is contributed from their wages and by their employers. Medisave is a national medical savings scheme which helps individuals put aside part of their income into their Medisave Accounts to meet their future personal or immediate family's hospitalisation, day surgery and certain outpatient expenses. It can also be drawn out to pay part of hospitalisation bills as well as outpatient treatments for four chronic diseases, namely diabetes, high blood pressure, lipid disorder and stroke . CPF members can also choose to be covered under MediShield, which is a basic, low-cost medical insurance scheme run by the CPF Board.
Private health insurance can be basic, covering only inpatient hospital stays, or comprehensive services including inpatient and outpatient care, lab tests, x-rays and other medical services. There are many reputable insurance agencies in Singapore which offer attractive premium rates and coverage, to suit different lifestyles and needs.
All children in Singapore need to be immunised against a list of diseases, namely diphtheria, Hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), poliomyelitis, rubella, tetanus and tuberculosis. Health authorities will ensure that all required immunisation has been carried out before the child is allowed to register for Primary 1 in Singapore schools.
Children may receive their vaccinations at any General Practitioner’s clinic or government polyclinic. The child’s Health Booklet is needed for recording purposes. Each child born in Singapore is issued with a Health Booklet. The Booklet can be purchased from the Health Promotion Board or any polyclinic.
For information on the immunisation schedule, click here.