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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 tourist 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 rankings of health care systems, and held that position in the 2012 top 10 list.

Of the 10 million patients traveling per year for medical treatment more than ninety percent visit the countries of Singapore, Thailand and India. Singapore attracts more than 200,000 medical tourists every year and the government wants this number to exceed 1 million. Patients are attracted by quality healthcare with the comforts of an english-speaking environment and clean city.

Singapore 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 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 are price ranges 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 comprehensive, but is meant to provide an example of some costs. (Prices in Singapore Dollars)

Delivery (Normal): $5,000 - 11,000
Pre-mature Birth Delivery Plus Hospital Stay: $80,000+
Gallbladder Removal Surgery (Paraoscopic): $14,000 – 24,000
Haemorrhoidectomy: $8,400 – 14,500
Hand, Wrist or Finger Surgery: $10,250 - 17,000
Heart Angioplasty: $26,500 – 45,500
Hernia Repair: $12,650 – 32,000
Hip Replacement: $21,750 – 30,000
Hysterectomy for Benign Conditions: $9,500 – 16,000
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery:  $12,400 – 29,000
Knee Replacement Surgery: $33,000 – 42,000
Urinary Stones with Lithotripsy: $8,400 – 13,500
Tonsillectomy and/or Adenoidectomy:  $11,000 – 18,500
Breast Lump Removal/Biopsy: $10,000 – 23,250


* Health care costs vary depending on surgeon and hospital.

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