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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: Some interesting currency moves today


Alas no. He is indeed in the Irish parliament now... From Wikipedia:

The Irish people really have very little choice in GEs. Fine Gael (FG) (in power now, supported by the Irish Labour party)is basically a conservative party. But so is the other traditionally big contender, Fianna Fáil (FF). And the so-called Labour party is so central it is practically to the right. The electorate are so disillusioned with these parties that they are now turning in increasing numbers to more "outlier" parties like the Green Party and Sinn Féin (SF). All opinion polls show that in the event of a new GE, Labour will almost be completely eliminated from parliament with their seats taken by Sinn Féin. Which means either FG or FF will have to make some kind of Faustian pact with SF to govern the country.

Better get used to the idea of the bearded one being at the very least Tánaiste (Deputy PM) of Ireland.

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Re: Some interesting currency moves today

That's interesting, it reminds me of how little news I get to hear of 'Ireland' (as a whole) at all!

I hope your last line is in jest. I mean how could he sit (or not, as is his habit) in the British parliament and get elected in the Republic of Ireland?

Re: Is life in Singapore more relaxing than in London?

Primrose Hill:
We lived in Central London, worked in the City (financial centre) before moving to SG 3years or so ago. Do I find the SG pace of life slower? Most definitely, even the walk is languid. However, in London both my husband and I have never clocked in at 9am and clocked out at 5pm. However, we do live in Zone 2, about 2km from Oxford St and paid GBP15k pa for private school in London.
School wise - even in the most laidback SG international school, I have found after speaking to friends, schools here; not talking about state schools (that's worse), I'm talking about international schools which is similar to private schools in UK - the standards are higher and the teachers push much harder as well. I am guessing that's due to the IB programme but even TTS and they run a UK based curiculum pushes their students quite hard.
Working in London I am used to working a 10-13hours per day. I have to admit, I deliberately joined a smaller (well, smaller in London) outfit, so that I no longer worked those crazy hours but even then I used to be at my desk by 7.30am and clocked out at 5.30/6pm. Lunch is always in front of the computer.
So, for me, there's a drastic change now that I am here. I still come in early, but have breakkie out, lunch out and clock out at 5pm. The biggest pain here is the timezones, whenever we have to take conference calls.
Even housing wise, there's not much different. A decent size not shoebox 2bed 1 bath apartment where I lived in London will easily set you back GBP850k and that's a mere 700sq feet.

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Re: Some interesting currency moves today

SGD is a pegged currency against a basket of trade weighted currencies. The USD strength pulls it up a bit and the weakness of others pulls it down a lot. Current MAS stance is gradual appreciation against this whole basket. But if their stance changes in the next policy meeting in Apr, which is quite possible, then you can expect it to underperform other currencies as well.

In the years after the GFC, SGD appreciated a lot against most currencies, because MAS was letting it strengthen to counter inflation.

Re: Some interesting currency moves today

Primrose Hill:
USD is still the currency of last resort.
Hotel Currencyfornia? And I thought being a member of the LME is similar- you can join but can't leave.
My guess is that new PM will get his way - the loan will be so far extended into the sunset we may as well call it a silent default. They will stay in the euro, no way can they reinstate the dharma. If they do that the people that have remain in Greece will see 50% of their savings (if there's any left) wiped off overnight, that's not going to make Mr Troika is well liked newly minted PM.
However, I can't see latest QE by ECB will have an effect though.

My question is why is the USD rising against SGD whilst other currencies are tanking against SGD? Its MYR2.7 to SGD and SGD is doing well against the GBP and EURO

Re: Some interesting currency moves today

So where next? The rest of the 'PIIGS'.

Oh believe me. There is a of discontent. In fact the recent anti-water charges marches (which though they were not really so much about water charges as they were objections about being told what to do by faceless, unelected European bureaucrats, did force the government to backtrack quite significantly and revealed how little thought was actually put into the water charge process) scared the living bejeezus out of the Irish government. And with a GE in the offing, who knows what will happen? Gerry Adams might suddenly find himself Taoiseach (prime minister).

Re: Some interesting currency moves today

Thanks for that link. A useful encapsulation of how this situation has come about.

The euro, an ideological project, has no reverse gear. It's like 'Hotel Currencyfornia' , you can enter, and 'you can check-out any time you want, but you can never leave'. Greece will be kept in the euro at all costs (born by itself, of course), or it will be destroyed by the North European core states. The blunt message for others to note, will be that there is no alternative to be found by leaving the euro.

So where next? The rest of the 'PIIGS'. I hear little discontent from Ireland, so that leaves Portugal, Italy and Spain. The latter two are major economies. Spain is the 4th largest economy within the EU. Spain has elections this year.

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So my non-euro wager, is going to be staked on the heat turning up on Spain next. If Spain starts threatening to 'do a Greece', or perhaps has something like a 'Summer of discontent' (strikes/rallies/demos. etc) it's going to be a volatile year for the EU. Since most of the employed population is on holiday for 2.5-3 months over the summer, there will be a huge amount of people sitting around considering affairs and what might be done. How the northern core seek to pre-empt that (if at all!) could be interesting. Events in Greece have shown that the EU is completely reactive rather than proactive, and very reluctantly, and ineffectually. So.... time to stock up on popcorn and beer, and sit back and watch the show unfold. It's like a feel-good war film, with the merciless and bullying Germans and their collaborating French poodles getting a seriously hard kicking*.

--- It comes to mind that the euro-zone is not only a political union, a trading union, a currency union, it was designed as a debt union as well. Of course, otherwise the inherent internal economic tensions would make it non-viable I.e. the wealthier states should expect to help support the poorer ones, that is what they signed up to. But debt-pooling has never happened, each state still issues it's own national euro-denominated debt. And in place of this debt-pooling, there seem to be ill-thought out 'rescues' that only serve to nudge the recipients towards final implosion. The blame rests squarely on the deluded architects of this scheme.



I cannot find the link on the IRAS website to enable me to determine whether my Employer has sent my 2014 employment details to IRAS.

The letter I got today says "to check if sent to IRAS view Income, Deductions and Reliefs Statement..." ( IDRS ).

But IDRS is not to be found on the portal after I log in to IRAS ?

My second question is:
If I wish to pay early (say now) then I cannot until my Employer uploads the details. Correct?

Re: RE: IR8E for employee

Strong Eagle:
Am i wrong to say that if he is employed for 60 days or less in the year 2014. His short term enployment income is exempted frm tax. No?

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He, and you, may well be exempted... but instead of asking me, you need to go to the IRAS website and decide for yourself what you want to do.

None of us here know your circumstances, nor that of your employee. Do your own homework... you've got the link.

Re: RE: IR8E for employee


You could possibly be wrong. But generally yes it would be exempt. However, should he work for one month. coast here living with friends for several months and then finding another job where his total stay is over, say 3 to 5 months, you could find yourself in brown stuff. Additionally, if you take up a position after the 2nd of November and it carries forward into the new year, then you will NOT get the first two months free of tax. however, if you continue to work for a total of 183+ days straddling the two years (on a valid EP) then IRAS will tax you only a resident rates (or you will have to file an amended return once you exceed the 183 days.) If you work 50 days at the end of one year and 50 day in the beginning of the next year (only), you will be taxed at non-resident rates of 15% for both years. If you start a job in November and don't know how long the position will last, IRAS will generally compute your tax based on the EP you hold, e.g., if it's valid for 12 months or more, then they will use resident rates. However, should you leave before working for 183 days then when your employer files the IR-21 (Tax Clearance), you will be whacked for the 15% less any taxes already paid. HTH


Re: Some interesting currency moves today

Strong Eagle:

Strange, isn't it. 18 trillion in debt, paying virtually nothing for its Treasury notes, and it is still the currency of choice.

Not many alternatives out there... this thread alone has hashed out all the shortcomings of the Euro and why it will never be a reserve currency.

The Chinese could have made serious inroads into the US domination of reserve currencies but with their refusal to play fairly and realistically in the international game by keeping the Yuan artificially low, no one trusts the Chinese with their money. Free flows across borders and a properly floating currency are necessary for China but a dictatorship will never allow that.

Re: Some interesting currency moves today

Strong Eagle:

And... what's the difference between this and pulling slot machine handles at MBS? Probably have a better chance at winning at MBS.