Guides for Expats
Singapore's medical standards, being one of the highest in Asia, have made it the regional centre for medical excellence.
Growth into the future will be based on a total approach as Singapore is further developed as the regional hub for medical and healthcare services, with a strong R&D base, while aiming to become a strategic global manufacturing centre.
Singapore’s well-established healthcare system comprises a total of 13 private hospitals, 10 public (government) hospitals and several specialist clinics, each specializing in and catering to different patient needs, at varying costs.
Patients are free to choose the providers within the government or private healthcare delivery system and can walk in for a consultation at any private clinic or any government polyclinic. For emergency services, patients can go at any time to the 24-hour Accident & Emergency Departments located in the government hospitals.
Singapore's medical facilities are among the finest in the world, with well qualified doctors and dentists, many trained overseas.
Pharmaceuticals are available from numerous outlets including supermarkets, department stores, hotels and shopping centres. Registered pharmacists work from 9am till 6pm, with some shops open until 10pm.
Most hotels have their own doctor on 24-hour call. Contact the Front Office or Room Service for assistance. For an ambulance, dial 995.
The following is a guide for foreign expectant mothers who wish to give birth in Singapore:
Application to Deliver in Singapore
1. The expectant mother must apply to the Singapore Immigration and Registration (SIR) office for permission to deliver in Singapore through a local sponsor, before her arrival.
2. The local sponsor, who must be a Singapore citizen or Permanent resident, should produce the following documents upon application:
- A copy (original) of duly completed Form 14, Form V39 and Form IMME 555 (download these forms at www.sir.gov.sg and the explanatory notes). Every applicant (including children) has to complete a set of these forms.
- Applicant’s marriage certificate (original and photocopy)
- Local sponsor’s identity card or valid re-entry permit
- Letter from a medical officer stating applicant’s expected date of delivery and whether there are any expected complications in the pregnancy
- Letter from the expectant mother's country’s Embassy or High Commission stating that her newborn child will follow the parent’s nationality and a valid travel document of that country will be issued to the newborn child
- Applicant’s valid travel document.
- Local Sponsor will furnish a Security Deposit upon approval. The amount is between S$1000 - S$5000, depending on the applicant’s nationality.
Registration of Birth
After the baby is delivered, his/her birth could be registered with the Birth Registration Centre at the following places :
|1.||PR Services Centre|
|5th Floor, SIR Building|
|10 Kallang Road Singapore 208718|
|2.||KK Women's & Children's Hospital|
|3.||East Shore Hospital|
|5.||Mount Alvernia Hospital|
|6.||Mount Elizabeth Hospital|
|7.||National University Hospital|
|8.||Singapore General Hospital|
|9.||Thomson Medical Centre|
For births in other hospitals, the baby’s birth has to be registered at the PR Services Centre within SIR building, and those who are not born in hospitals (eg. at home or in cars), the mother has to obtain a Notification of Live Birth from the doctors/midwife/ambulance staff who delivered the baby
Birth registration must be done within 14 days to 42 days from the date of birth, including Sundays and public holidays. If registration is done after 42 days, a letter of explanation stating the reason for late registration must be submitted for the Registrar/Registrar General's approval. After approval has been given, the birth will be registered and the Birth Certificate will be issued.
The following documents are required to be produced at the time of birth registration:
- Notification of Live Birth, issued by the Hospital
- Both parents' Identity Cards, if they are Singapore residents
- Original marriage certificate
- Both parents' passports, entry permit and embarkation/disembarkation card issued by Immigration Department (for foreigners)
- A letter of authorisation from the parents of the child (if someone else registers the birth on behalf of the parents)
- A fee of S$18.00 is payable for birth registration. Some hospitals may charge an administrative fee for the service provided on top of the S$18.00
Child's name must be furnished at the time of birth registration. Ethnic characters of the child's name in Chinese/Jawi/Tamil can be included in the Birth Certificate. This is optional but parents/informants must ensure the accuracy of the ethnic characters furnished. For Chinese children who have been given a name in full Hanyu Pinyin version, the Chinese characters of his name must be reflected in the birth certificate.
These three schemes help Central Provident Fund (CPF) members and their dependants pay for hospitalisation expenses.
Every working individual (Singapore citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident) including the self-employed, is required by law to contribute to the Medisave portion of his CPF account. Medisave funds can be used to pay for hospitalisation expenses for himself or his dependants. Dependants are defined as one’s spouse, children, parents and grandparents who must be Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents.
Medisave can be used to buy Medishield, a medical insurance scheme, for himself and his dependants. It can also be used to buy a non-CPF medical insurance such as Incomeshield but you cannot have both Medishield and another non-CPF medical insurance.
Medishield & Medishield Plus
This is a low-cost medical insurance giving you and your family financial protection against the expenses of medical treatment in the event of prolonged or serious illnesses. The premiums can be paid from Medisave. Members purchasing Medishield Plus get a higher insurance coverage.
For more information, please contact:
Singapore Medical Association
2 College Road, Level 2, Alumni Medical Centre
Tel : (65) 6223 1264
Fax: (65) 6224 7827
Website : www.sma.org.sg
Prescriptions from overseas doctors are not valid for use in Singapore. The pharmacies require a prescription from a local registered medical doctor to be able to fill the prescription. The patient should go to a registered local medical practitioner and consult a doctor. The patient should also bring along his/her prescription from overseas so that the doctor can prescribe him the necessary drugs.
If the specific brand of drug is not available in Singapore, the doctor may be able to switch to a therapeutically equivalent drug which will not compromise the treatment of the illness or disease. The patient can obtain his new supplies of drugs from the doctor himself /herself or get a prescription from the doctor and have it filled at the private pharmacies.
Address: 378 Alexandra Road Singapore 159964
Phone No: 64722000 Fax No: 63793880
|Ang Mo Kio Community Hospital
Address: 17 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 #02 & #04 Singapore 569766
Phone No: 64538033 Fax No: 64541729
|Bright Vision Hospital
Address : 5 Lorong Napiri Singapore 547530
Phone No: 62485757 Fax No: 68810702
|Changi General Hospital
Address : 2 Simei Street 3 Singapore 529889
Phone No: 67888833 Fax No: 67880933 Copyright
|East Shore Hospital
Address : 321 Joo Chiat Place Singapore 427990
Phone No: 63447588 Fax No: 63454966
|Eye Hospital (Day Surgery Centre)
Address : 126 Balestier Road Singapore 329681
Phone No: 62990464 Fax No: 62996148
|Fortis Healthcare Singapore
Address : 302 Orchard Road #18-02/03 Tong Building Singapore 238862
Phone No: 66725942 Mobile No: 97210174
|Fortis Surgical Hospital
Address: 19 Adam Road Singapore 289891
Phone No: 6361 0230
Address : 6A Napier Road Singapore 258500
Phone No: 64737222 Fax No: 64751832
|HMI Balestier Hospital
Address : 363 Balestier Road Singapore 329784
Phone No: 62533818 Fax No: 62510530
|Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
Address : 90 Yishun Central Singapore 768828
Phone No: 65558000 Fax No: 66023700
|KK Women's & Children's Hospital
Address : 100 Bukit Timah Road Singapore 229899
Phone No: 62934044 Fax No: 62937933
|Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital & Nursing Home
Address : 705 Serangoon Road #01-00 Singapore 328127
Phone No: 62993747 Fax No: 62992406
|Mount Alvernia Hospital
Address : 820 Thomson Road Singapore 574623
Phone No: 63476688 Fax No: 63561151
|Mount Elizabeth Hospital
Address : 3 Mount Elizabeth Road #02-00 Singapore 228510
Phone No: 67372666 Fax No: 67371189
|National Healthcare Group
Address : 6 Commonwealth Lane Level 6 GMTI BUILDING Singapore 149547
Phone No: 64718900 Fax No: 64712129
|National University Hospital
Address : 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road Singapore 119074
Phone No: 18007725555,67795555 Fax No: 67795678
Address : 585 North Bridge Road Singapore 188770
Phone No: 63111111 Fax No: 63112383,63112389
|Ren Ci Hospital & Medicare Centre
Address : 50 Jalan Tan Tock Seng Singapore 308438
Phone No: 63850777 Fax No: 6358090 Singapore
|Singapore General Hospital
Address : 1 Hospital Drive Singapore 169608
Phone No: 62223322,63214610 Fax No: 62245484,62249221
|St Andrew's Community Hospital
Address : 1 Elliot Road Singapore 458686
Phone No: 62419956 Fax No: 64493265
|St Andrew's Mission Hospital
Address : 250 Tanjong Pagar Road #04-02 Singapore 088541
Phone No: 62265105 Fax No: 62265104
|St Luke's Hospital For The Elderly
Address : 2 Bukit Batok Street 11 Singapore 659674
Phone No: 65632281 Fax No: 65618205,65613625
|Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Address : 11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng Singapore 308433
Phone No: 62566011 Fax No: 62527282
|Thomson Medical Centre
Address : 339 Thomson Road Singapore 307677
Phone No: 62502222,62569494 Fax No: 62534468
|View Road Hospital
Address : 10 View Road Singapore 757918
Phone No: 62697336 Fax No: 63651002
|Woodbridge Hospital / Institute Of Mental Health
Address : 10 Buangkok View Singapore 539747
Phone No: 63850411 Fax No: 63851050
Services provided by Singapore’s public and private hospitals are highly regarded by the locals and expatriates residing in neighbouring countries. Both public and private hospitals are equipped with the latest medical equipment to maintain a high standard of medical service. Singapore General Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, National University Hospital, Gleneagles and Mount Elizabeth are recognized as benchmarks for healthcare delivery standards in the region.
Gleneagles, Mount Elizabeth and Thomson Medical Centre are full fledged hospitals that are private hospitals and fees are relatively higher that of the government hospitals including Kandang Kerbau, National University Hospital, Singapore General Hospital, Changi General Hospital, Tan Tock Seng and Ang Mo Kio Community Hospital.
Five of the government hospitals provide acute care services with multi-disciplinary acute inpatient and specialist outpatient services as well as 24-hour accident and emergency services. Also, there are 6 speciality institutes for ophthalmology, dermatology, oncology, cardiology, neuroscience and dentistry. The tertiary specialist care on cardiology, renal medicine, haematology, neurology, oncology, radiotherapy, plastic and reconstructive surgery, paediatric surgery, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery and transplant surgery are centralised in two of the larger general hospitals which are the Singapore General Hospital and the National University Hospital. The other five government hospitals provide special functions such as maternity, mental, infectious and sub-acute care services.
Foreigners seeking inpatient services can choose to be warded in single-bed rooms, two-bed rooms and four-bed rooms of private hospitals. They will only have a choice of single (A class) rooms or two-bed (B1 class) rooms in government hospitals. Medical fees in government hospitals are relatively lower than in private hospitals but non-Singaporeans will pay a 30 percent premium over the fees charged to the locals.
Parkway Cancer Centre
Parkway Cancer Centre offers comprehensive cancer treatment with a highly skilled, multi-disciplinary team comprising consultant medical specialists, nurses, counsellors and other para-medical professionals to meet the specific needs of cancer patients.
Mount Elizabeth Hospital
Address: 3 Mount Elizabeth, Mount Elizabeth Hospital Level 2, Singapore 228510
Tel: (65) 6737-0733
Fax: (65) 6737-7002
Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
Address: 3 Mount Elizabeth, Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre #13-16/17, Singapore 228510
Tel: (65) 6733-8118
Fax: (65) 6733-8389
Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
Address: 38 Irrawaddy Road, Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre #05-52/53/54/55, Singapore 329563
Tel: (65) 6684-5522
Fax: (65) 6694-0706
Address: 6A Napier Road, Gleneagles Hospital #01-35, Singapore 258500
Tel: (65) 6472-2662
Fax: (65) 6475-9221
Address: 6A Napier Road, Gleneagles Hospital Level 2, Singapore 258500
Tel: (65) 6470-3328
Fax: (65) 6476-6393
Address: 6A Napier Road, Gleneagles Hospital Level 3, Singapore 258500
Tel: (65) 6473-8688
Fax: (65) 6479-2309
Singapore also has centers for special treatments of eye, heart and skin problems namely: Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore Heart Care Centre National Skin Care Centre.