Singapore is widely considered the place to go for world-class cancer treatment and diagnosis if you are traveling away from home. The country serves over 600,000 medical travelers every year, and aggressively markets to the medical tourism industry. Singapore would have to be considered one of the top 4 or 5 international healthcare destinations in the world as far as quality and value are concerned.
The government of Singapore in 2003 announced the formation of the Singapore Medicine Initiative. This is an effort to bolster the economy by developing the country’s medical tourism profile through partnerships with noted healthcare market titans like GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis.
The country boasts 8 government sponsored hospitals and 12 private facilities. There are also multiple specialty clinics which provide access to such medical procedures as fertility and reproductive medicine, stem cell therapy and plastic surgery.
A full 14 of Singapore’s globally respected healthcare providers have been accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI).
Singapore has put in place a training system which has been copied by other medical tourism providers. As part of their marketing approach to attract international medical travelers, the country formed The Health Manpower Development Program. Backed by the Ministry of Health, that ingenious program sends local doctors to the most renowned medical centers across the globe. They receive the highest level of training available, and then return to Singapore to provide the best medical treatments, operations and care found anywhere in the world .
Life expectancy for Singapore citizens is higher than in most other countries. Men can expect to live approximately 79.6 years, and women live to the ripe old age of 84.3 years. This delivers an overall life expectancy of 81.9 years. That long life is no doubt due in part to the excellent medical care that the country provides.
The Duke University Medical School in the United States has developed a significant presence in Singapore. The respected medical college operates the Duke-NUS Medical School in that country. The advanced level medical training offered their is only accessible to a handful of the best medical students around the world, and only after they have received their baccalaureate degree. The 4 year medical program accepts qualified applicants from the following universities:
- Duke University Yale University Harvard University The Universities of Cambridge and Oxford Chinese University of Hong Kong The University of Mumbai The National University of Singapore Peking University
This means that a traveler seeking medical treatment from the United States, China, the UK and India often times ends up receiving treatment from a fellow countryman or woman that decides to stay in Singapore for their residency.
Just 10 minutes from Singapore International Airport and offering 790 beds, Changi General Hospital specializes in orthopedic surgery, breast surgery, cardiology, sports medicine and orthopedics as well as dermatology. That respected hospital has been JCI accredited since 2005 .
The first ever clinical facility opened outside of the United States by Johns Hopkins is the Johns Hopkins Singapore (JHS) operation. Inpatient care specialties include multiple adult cancers, heart surgery and cardiology, orthopedics and and stem cell therapies.
Typical medical and dental savings versus out-of-pocket United States, Canada, Japan and UK cost – 25% to 40%
Medical tourists served annually – 600 million
International healthcare accreditation – Joint Commission International
Specializes in the following medical procedures – Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, orthopedics, oncology, ophthalmology, dentistry, weight loss surgery, fertility and reproductive medicine, stem cell and regenerative therapy and spinal surgery
Applicable time zones – GMT +8 hours
Immunization recommendations – Typhoid booster, Hepatitis A and B
Languages spoken – Mandarin and English are both spoken in Singapore. In some parts of Singapore, Malay and Bahasa Indonesian are also spoken.
Other considerations – The country’s currency is the Singapore dollar (SGD). Amazingly, the Singapore health care system usually ranks well above most European Union countries, Canada and the United States. The country boasts one of the lowest maternal and infant mortality rates on the planet. Understand that most of the electrical outlets in Singapore’s electrical system are based upon 230V outlets (plug type G). Make sure you pack or purchase an adapter for all of your portable electronics.
Top-rated Singapore medical travel destinations – Singapore
Changi General Hospital
2 Simei Street 3, 529889
Tel: + 65 6788.8833
Email: international@cgh. com. sg
Johns Hopkins Singapore
11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng, 308433