Healthcare in Singapore

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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.

Expatriates and Foreigners

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 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
Tel: 6391-6100
2. KK Women's & Children's Hospital
3. East Shore Hospital
4. Gleneagles 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.

Medisave, Medishield & Medishield Plus


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:

Central Provident Fund Board
79, Robinson Road, CPF Building
Singapore 068897
Tel : (65) 1800 227 1188
Fax: (65)-6225 8732
Email :
Website :

Singapore Medical Association
2 College Road, Level 2, Alumni Medical Centre
Singapore 169850
Tel : (65) 6223 1264
Fax: (65) 6224 7827
Website :

Ministry of Health
16 College Road
College of Medicine Building
Singapore 169854
Tel : (65) 6325 9220
Fax: (65) 6224 1677
Email :
Website :


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.

Private and Public Hospitals

Alexandra Hospital 
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
Gleneagles Hospital
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
Raffles Hospital
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.

Specialist Centres

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

Gleneagles Hospital
Address: 6A Napier Road, Gleneagles Hospital #01-35, Singapore 258500
Tel: (65) 6472-2662
Fax: (65) 6475-9221

Gleneagles Hospital
Address: 6A Napier Road, Gleneagles Hospital Level 2, Singapore 258500
Tel:65) 6470-3328
Fax:(65) 6476-6393

Gleneagles Hospital
Address: 6A Napier Road, Gleneagles Hospital Level 3, Singapore 258500
Tel: 65) 6473-8688
Fax: (65) 6479-2309


Singapore Sports And Orthopaedic Clinic

Our Professional Orthopedic Specialist, Dr. Kevin Yip, has more than 20 years experience in treating orthopedic problems ranging from common orthopedic problem, sport injuries to degenerative changes of orthopedic problem. Be assured that you will be receiving professional treatments that suit your needs.

Address: 6 Napier Road, #02-12 Gleneagles Medical Center, Singapore 258499
Tel: (65) 9734 3087


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.

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Re: question au pair

Strong Eagle:
My business partner had an au pair for his daughter. She was Swedish and fluent in multiple languages. He said that it was very unusual but he was granted an au pair at the time because:

a) He was a single parent
b) He needed someone who could teach his daughter French
c) He was the MD of a company employing 250 Singaporeans

I asked him about this. He said the only chance you have is to "make if about the child". Otherwise, all other rules apply.

Re: Advice Needed: NS liability for new PR

Strong Eagle:
I'm in the process of renouncing my PR and REP so that I can withdraw my CPF. I had six years of contributions at the max, so you can figure out how much I socked away. But, with New Medisave mandatory charges plus the ever weakening SD dollar against the US dollar, 4 percent isn't enough to stay even.

I thoroughly agree with SMS' comments about PR... it aint what it used to be. The _only_ real benefit it provides these days is that you won't immediately be run out of the country if you lose your jobs and can't find another one.

Re: Quotes

Strong Eagle:
A severe mis-characterization of Obama and his presidency. His arguments are dead, based upon the foundation alone.

Re: Getting Work on LTVP

Strong Eagle:
What makes you think you're going to get an LTVP for an unmarried partner? MOM is quite clear that LTVP is for spouses who are married by common law. If you think you're going to declare common law marriage in order to get LTVP, then you'll need something official from the UK High Commission. But, they won't give you any document because common law marriage is not recognized in the UK. I haven't heard of anyone making this work. Get married and get her a DP under your EP.

Re: Advices on my package?

I work in EU for a big company in shipping
I'm in my 30s, married with 2 small children Position offered: sales director South Asia
Contract: Local with relocation package
Package: S$24K/month (including 8k for housing and car) meaning S$288K/year
Bonus: 30-40k/year on top Yearly salary: more or less S$325K/year
Relocation package: 1 week home search trip + max 60 days temp living + moving of household included - door to door service (No max volume but usually 1 container) + signing bonus of S$45K net + return tickets home for the family (1 a year for 2 years only)
Health care: insurance in case of hospitalization included + reimbursement Doctor up to S$100 each time We go. Vacation: 25 days
I was told that this type of package was good especially given the current economy (sadly more and more ppl are leaving Singapore). What do you guys think? :D

On the face of it that's a tasty package although of course one never knows quite what package a person is moving from. Either way, you can live well on that by just about any measure (IMO).

Good to see an element of 'Home leave ', and routine medical costs, as IME it's hard to visit a local doctor/GP in SG and for it to cost less than $100.
Your children are of an age where 'serious' school fees might not come onto the horizon during your tenure. Will the children stay at home or be sent out to daycare or kindergarten?
$8k for housing + car. That might sting if you say live in town back home and drive a Porsche/Merc etc. Even the lease on a Suzuki Swift might cost you say S$2k a month. So I'd perhaps consider what car you , cost it (lease?), then from that derive a baseline housing budget. I don't see the point in owning a flash car in SG, and many/most people seem to get by without owning a car at all.
Having a baseline figure for housing then leads you to consider where you can afford a place that fits your needs. If you look at the template here ... -> viewtopic.php?t=101985 considering that will help you triangulate candidate neighbourhoods and perhaps even candidate condos. It will also get you in the right frame of mind for house-hunting which will make briefing a rental agent far more efficient. You don't mention agents fees, presumably from your own pocket? .

Is the 1 week trip really a 'home search' trip? As that would really be pushing it to the absolute max. Esp. considering you have up to 60 days in temp accommodation on offer too. Most places to let are for immediate occupation, so it's not like you'll visit for a week to sign-up a place for when you move over some time down the road. Or is the 1 week more of a look in, see the office, meet your future colleagues kind of thing? If that's what it is then I'd completely leave aside home-searching at that time as, as is, you'll have more than enough to be getting to grips with.
60 days temp accommodation. Where, hotel, apartment-hotel, budget, as that will be $$$? A home-search can take as long as the time available to do it. But for most people (and esp with children) the novelty wears off pretty quickly, more than 30 days can become a real grind. So maybe, arrive and enjoy week one and find your feet, week two hook up with an agent or agents. I'd be surprised if you'd take more than 2-3/max weeks to find a place. But you have lots of additional buffer which is nice. The longer you spend in temp accom also means the closer your freight will have come. In an ideal world you'll have got your freight into your new home prior to moving in, but it's not usually that seamless.

Welcome to the forum and let us know how you're getting on.

Re: question au pair


I am not that well read like you, but , WHP only applies to professional placement- i.e. office jobs.

Do you know anybody who got a WHP for an au pair ? Or know any agency who has processed a WHP for an au pair ? I am not saying no, but I never heard of any agency using WHP for a nanny / au pair.

Half (if not more) of the young waiter/waitresses of the Caucasian flavour down in the clubs/restaurants on the quays are here on WHPs. Definitely NOT office types jobs.

But having said that, about the only way one is going to get a au pair of the Caucasian flavour here is going to be the unmarried female PR child here as they don't need a work permit and they don't have to give up their PR as long as they are living at home with the parents. I have no anectodal evidence of any working on a WHP but I do know of some in years gone by who fit the 21 year old single female of PR parents. Not sayin' you can't but I've no evidence of it every having happened, but I supposed it's possible.

Re: Advice Needed: NS liability for new PR


Yep. He ran in a rather rough crowd here as well. ;-)

But yeah, you don't need to withdraw your CPF if you give up your PR. In fact, my best mate, a Kiwi worked here back in the back in the late 80's/early '90's (when I first met him) on the Mobile refinery upgrade by Asia Badger. Back in those days CPF was a 20%:20% proposition (and EPs also had to contribute so the EPC contract engineers where socking it away) most withdrew after their contracts ended but Bob didn't and worked all over Indo and M'sai until around 8 years ago when he grabbed a long term contract here again, bought a condo here and gotten married the wife had 3 baby boys in succession (actually the succession was only minutes apart - triplets!) Contract ended and he's been in Indo for the past three 3 years now on a contract over there. PR was lost (wife was Indo and family lived not far from the Tuban Refinery where he was initially working). However it was pretty easy when he applied for PR as the CPF was contributed back in the 90's and with that still in situ, it didn't take too much for him to get his PR. Will be interesting if he comes back to Singapore where he owns a condo and wants to apply for PR again. (His CPF is still there).

Re: Ep reapply

Apply again "with the correct documents"? What is THAT supposed to mean?

Getting Work on LTVP

Does anyone know if it is difficult to obtain work on a LTVP? I will be relocating from the UK through my work on an EP. I will be relocating with my unmarried partner, however we should be able to obtain an LTVP for her. I am wondering if employers frown upon candidates with LTVP's (as they will then have to organise an EP)? Is there a specific benefit obtaining a DP vs a LTVP?

Would be greatful to hear anyones thoughts. Thanks

Re: Advice Needed: NS liability for new PR

Bit out of topic, but are you JR8 reincarnated ? :D :D
Your information sharing is pretty useful, by the way ..

:o You know the only facet of visas/residency I know pretty well is the LTVP.
Agreed BBCW is adding solid current knowledge... so, good stuff.

Re: RE: Re: MBBS Doctor jobs in Singapore

Thank you.. I'm gonna need all the luck i can get :)

One last question.. which are the hospitals that i can apply to..?
Look up Singhealth and National Healthcare, most likely KKH or SGH. Few other public hospitals have maternity wards.

Private hospitals will rarely be able to get a CA.

Look up taxico and Pm him. He is more on the ball.

Good luck.

Re: Everyone I know is leaving or already left

Thanks Strong Eagle, for the perspective as an entrepreneur. Quite sad that SG has come to this. I think SG will still rank high in terms of ease of doing business, but whether it is a viable place to do business is a different thing. Global large companies will probably still have their namesake Asian headquarters here just for the sake of stability and predictability that SG offers, and to reduce their tax liability, that's about it.

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Re: question au pair

What is the country you would like to get the maid from? It may be easier to justify to MoM if this is a country of no official language of Singapore, e.g. France. You will likely still need an agency to be a formal employer (the au pair probably would need to be employed under a work pass), but then your justification could be that you wanted your child to be exposed to a native speaker of the language (here French), if the case of course. It may be cheaper than getting a professional nanny with a degree from the UK. Perhaps it would be enough to have a fresh grad teacher, but still the cost would be much higher comparing to a standard domestic worker or even a local Singaporean nanny.

Re: Advices on my package?

@Bgd: my kids are 1.5 years old and 3 months old so still in kindergarten. The cost will be pretty much equivalent to what it is home
@pngmk: thanks for the advice. My company is actually organizing a tax exit meeting with EY so I don't expect any issue there

Re: question au pair

Thank you all.... agree the two arms and three legs might not be an option.... I will post if I find a solution because indeed every 6 months is not ideal...