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Medical Tourism in Singapore


Medical Tourism in Singapore

Singapore is a great spot for Medical Tourism, but you'll want to make sure that you're insured.

Singapore's High Quality Care

Singapore is one of the top medical tourism destinations in the world. With relatively low health care costs, modern medical technology, and highly trained doctors, Singapore's private hospitals offer exceptional health care services.

In 2000 Singapore was ranked 6th by the Worldwide Health Organization’s ranking of health care systems, and the consistent city-state continued to hold that position in the 2012 top 10 list. In 2018’s Bloomberg healthcare efficiency scoring, Singapore ranked 2nd, behind only Hong Kong. Medical tourist patients in Singapore are attracted by quality healthcare in the comfort of an English-speaking, clean environment.

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.


Cost of Treatments in Singapore

The following price ranges are for specific treatments in top private healthcare facilities in Singapore*, including a private room (when applicable), as provided by the Singapore Ministry of Health. It is not a comprehensive list, but it is meant to provide an example of certain medical costs in Singapore. Next to the prices with “+” you can expect even higher fees if any complications or auxiliary procedures will take place during the course of treatment. (Prices in Singapore Dollars)

Delivery (normal):

$6,048 - 11,267 +

C-section delivery:

$9,024 - 17,125 +

Gallbladder removal surgery:

$5,500 - 8,600 +


$3,00 – 3,500 +

Hand, wrist or finger surgery:

$4,300 - 7,200

Heart bypass surgery:

$16,050 - 25,00 +

Hernia repair:

$4,400 - 8,000 +

Hip replacement:

$8,550 - 12,850

Hysterectomy for benign conditions:

$6,400 - 9,500

Arthroscopic knee surgery:

$8,550 -10,700 +

Knee replacement surgery:

$11,750 -17,100

Urinary stones with lithotripsy:

$3,200 - 5,150

Tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy:

$4,050 - 5,350

Breast lump removal/biopsy:

$5,450 - 10,700 +

* Health care costs vary depending on surgeon and hospital.


For more information about Singapore’s health and insurance system, visit our resource page, and download free guides on topics such as maternity hospitals and costs in Singapore, public vs private hospitals in Singapore, and our annual Cost of Health Insurance Report.


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