The small state of Singapore is well-known for its very stringent laws and regulations particularly in the areas involving cleanliness. These regulations are carried over to Singapore’s ultra-high-quality levels in healthcare and world-class facilities, making it an ideal destination for medical travellers looking for modern infrastructure, a clean and structured environment, and English-speaking medical professionals.
Singapore’s government is helping to promote the country as a leading destination for healthcare and as well as attracting patients from nearby countries like Malaysia and Indonesia, Singapore is attracting more and more patients from the US and Europe for private medical treatment at affordable prices. As the country grows as a medical tourism destination, more and more health tourism companies (which arrange a patient’s treatment, accommodation, including spa vacations, and travel to Singapore) have emerged to make the process smoother for patients.
The World Health Organization ranks Singapore as number one for best health care system in Asia, and number six in the world. Healthcare system in “Lion City” has been becoming a reliable choice for oversea travellers. Singapore is a popular healthcare destination for many reasons:
Most hospitals and specialty centers in Singapore cater to medical tourists, and practically all of them offer ultra-high-quality healthcare. Most major hospitals in Singapore have international accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCI), ISO or OHSAS. In 2017, Singapore had 21 JCI-accredited hospitals and medical centers.
Singaporean health facilities receive local accreditation from the Singapore Health Promotion Board, the Singapore Laboratory Accreditation System (SINGLAS), the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) and the Singaporean Ministry of Health.
The Health Sciences Authority of Singapore and the Singapore Accreditation Council control and regulate the certification of medical devices and other health products.
Medical practitioners’ standards and practices are regulated by the Singapore Medical Council, Singapore Nursing Board, Singapore Dental Board, Pharmacy Board and the Laboratory Board.
Overall, the health standards are high in Singapore and the private hospitals are equipped with top class medical equipment – some achieving international accreditation like ISO9002 and the American accreditation, JCI (Joint Commission International). Singapore is famous for performing advanced and complex surgical procedures which from time to time have featured in world news.
Singapore has set up International Patient Service Centres (IPSCs) that work like ‘medical travel agencies’. IPSCs are designed specifically for medical tourists and expatriate patients, and are attached to hospitals to provide information and assistance for international patients. IPSCs provide hospital pricing to patients, and coordinate appointments with health care specialists.
Medical tourists can cover healthcare costs, such as the price of surgery, by obtaining an International Health Insurance plan. A large number of Private Hospitals in Singapore, particularly those who offer high standards of healthcare and participate in the medical tourism market, will only treat foreign patients who are covered by a health insurance plan. When you consider the high costs of many treatments and procedures in Singapore, it’s easy to see how important obtaining international medical insurance can be.
Entry requirements are different for various countries. Patients from the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, and the European Union don’t need an entry visa to Singapore (foreigners coming from the EU, Norway, Switzerland, South Korea, and the U.S. are eligible for the 90-day stay while other countries get the entry permit only for 30 days).
Treatment can take longer than 30 days provided by the regular entry permit. If the pre-surgery, surgery and post-surgery period exceed 30 days, it is possible to extend legal stay in Singapore by obtaining an additional permit (valid for up to 90 days) in the Singapore Embassy or Consulate in the patient’s home country. If you find out that your treatment requires more time when you are already in Singapore, you can obtain the special permit at the ICA (Immigration and Checkpoints Authority).
If you are looking for the latest and absolutely save healthcare solutions for a reasonable price, consider Singapore as your medical destination. It is a world-class healthcare hub where you can get rid of your pains and sufferings without paying a fortune.