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 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
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.

Medisave

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 : cpfboard@cpf.gov.sg
Website : www.cpf.gov.sg

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

Ministry of Health
16 College Road
College of Medicine Building
Singapore 169854
Tel : (65) 6325 9220
Fax: (65) 6224 1677
Email : moh_info@moh.gov.sg
Website : www.moh.gov.sg

Prescriptions

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

Email: enquiry@pcc.sg
Website: http://www.parkwaycancercentre.com

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

Email: feedback@bone.com.sg
Website: http://www.orthopaedics.com.sg/

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: Living, dating, and tele-working from SG on a tourist visa

taxico:
about a Korean dude who came and went 8 times in a year to visit his GF and never had problems with ICA... I'll likely be following a similar travel pattern to his (I have frequent work trips to the US and inter-Asia).

The post is from 2012, so could anyone weigh in on whether the "visitation pass climate" has changed much since then? As long as I don't stay 183+ days and follow similar travel patterns (fly out for 2-6 weeks, then stay in SG no longer than 3-6 consecutive weeks), should I expect a similar experience that our Korean friend encountered?

Just curious if there's been a dramatic change since 2012. Thanks again for all the input!

air tickets to/fro korea and japan are now much (much) cheaper. that chap may also have been very lucky.

i know many koreans (through my korean spouse) who travelled in the same manner (pre and post 2012.. until 2014'ish) and then been booted out or warned its their "last visit".

some came for love, others were desperate for work. my advice to them (always) was get any job they can first, then keep looking (and/or loving).

same thing most of the members here are trying to tell you.

Re: Residing in sg for 10years. SPR rejection appeal

taxico:
i think... 5 years to get to a 4k salary in support of your PR application as an indian national... tough!

applying every year will not help your case.

like PNG said, i wouldn't re-apply again until you have a singaporean child or a major change in your finances.

probably not what you want to hear, but hey, at least you've been here 10 years...!

Re: roasted coffee beans

earthfriendly:
And if you decide to buy in bulk, store them in "Tupperware" brand container. They tend to do a better job of sealing in the freshness, especially helpful for SG's humid environment

Re: Scam - apartment deposit

taxico:
well... how much is your deposit? have you paid the agent?

when will you be able to sight the receipts?

Re: HPV and uterine neck dysplasia

taxico:
no comment here because there's not enough to go on. you should get it checked out by an OBGYN and listen to his/her opinion - they'll need to go through your reports (and possibly re-do them again).

you'll need another check-up soon (and regularly) anyway... (it's not a death sentence... not yet anyway)

Population Statistics - Residents and NonResidents wanna be

dynoto:
From what it tells.
Statistically speaking woman in age groups 25 to 29 have twice the chance of getting it approved than males.
Hmmmmmm


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Re: GP/Family Doctor/Clinic Recommendation

taxico:
you do not have to fill your prescription at the clinic. you can also decline medication (and its associated cost).

do so before you pay.

Re: Polish national looking for a job on a SVP

taxico:
(i hope you weren't an AM at mcd's... that experience might not look good on paper in singapore...!)

Population: 5.61m

taxico:
Singapore’s population rose 1.3 per cent to reach 5.61 million in June... growing by 1.3 per cent from the year before.

...Singapore’s population comprises 3.93 million residents – or 3.41 million Singapore citizens and 0.52 million permanent residents (PR) – and 1.67 million non-residents such as dependants, international students and individuals who are here to work.

The number of citizens grew by 1 per cent in the past year to 3.41 million, through births and immigration. The number of citizen births last year was 33,725, the highest in more than a decade, and higher than the last Dragon year in 2012. It was the second consecutive year of increase since 2014.

The number of non-residents – largely comprised of foreigners working here and their families, as well as students – grew by 2.5 per cent to 1.67 million. There was stronger growth in the number of Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) and dependents of Singaporeans who are on Long-Term Visit Passes.

“The increase in FDW population growth reflects Singaporeans’ rising desire to augment their own care for their children and elderly,” said the NPTD in its report.

Although foreign employment remain low compared to the 2011 to 2012 period – when it rose by 77,000 – it has seen an increase as of June 2016. It increased by 27,000 between June 2015 and June 2016, up from 23,000 in the previous year.

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/sp ... aster-nptd

Re: HPV and uterine neck dysplasia

PNGMK:
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs380/en/

Re: HPV and uterine neck dysplasia

PNGMK:
Shit - 16 and 18 are indicated in over 70% of cancer. Get treatment NOW. I lost friend Michelle in 3 months to HPV. People worry about AIDS but HPV kills a boat load of women every week .

Re: HPV and uterine neck dysplasia

PNGMK:
Taxico may chip in but if the HPV is serious (i.e. you have cellular changes on your cervix which may be pre-cancerous) they may recommend a hysterectomy.... hopefully not. I can't be bothered checking which are the nasty HPV variants - there's a few though that you MUST watch out for as I have lost a few friends to cervical cancer in a matter of months. Do not delay and don't take a short cut - if the doctor wants to remove your cervix do it. I am not a doctor and this not medical advice.

Re: Population Statistics - Residents and NonResidents wanna be

Wd40:
I find it odd that they club LTVP holders who are spouses of citizens along with DP holders who are spouses of EP holders. To me EP holders and their spouses go hand in hand as they are transient. And LTVP holders and citizens go hand in hand and they are permanent. So they are clubbing 2 very different groups together and doesn't help really.

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Re: Is dual citizenship required for admission into international schools?

PNGMK:
Follow the process. Your admissions director really should be guiding you on this.

Re: Living, dating, and tele-working from SG on a tourist visa

sundaymorningstaple:
^^Innit the truth!