Information for Patients
The Singaporean healthcare system consists of public and private facilities, both of world-renowned standards. Classifying consistently as one of the best healthcare systems in the Asia, Singapore’s healthcare is known to be of high quality at reasonable fees.
The Singaporean government tightly regulates both the public and private health insurance of the country.
The health insurance system is neatly organized within 3 regimes: Medisave, Medishield and Medifund
- MediSave is a mandatory government scheme set up for citizens and permanent resident of Singapore. It allows workers to save between 6.5% – 9% of their monthly wage into a personal account with a similar contribution from their employers. These funds are strictly monitored to be used for healthcare services such as outpatient and inpatient charges, diagnostics, medical supplies and implants of the account holder and their family members.
- MediShield is known as a “catastrophic medical insurance” scheme. It is an opt-out scheme that may cover larger onset bills such as for serious or prolonged illnesses.
- MediFund is a safety net scheme for citizens of lower income background who are unable to pay for their medical needs.
Further information of all of the above may be found at: https://www.moh.gov.sg/
Although private medical insurance may be useful, it is not necessarily advantageous as private medical services don’t differ so much in price from public services. However, the service quality is supposed to be of higher standards.
In any circumstance, private medical insurance will become important in case of a medical emergency or a complicated illness.
Information for Health Care Professionals
To be able to practice medicine as a foreigner in Singapore, a job must be secured first. The applicant can then register with the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) and get accredited by the Specialist Accreditation Board (SAB) if planning to practice as a specialist. Necessary supporting documentation include but aren’t limited to undergraduate qualification and exam transcripts, verification from university and letter of offer from employer.
The national language of Singapore is Malay, however other common languages spoken English, Chinese and Tamil.
Popular fields of medicine in Singapore include ophthalmology, ENT, dermatology and general surgery.
Information for Travelers
The highly renowned healthcare facilities and services bring Singapore to one of the top choices for medical tourism destinations. Apart from the vast medical and technology advancements, Singapore is one of the ideal destinations for medical travellers seeking modern, clean and structured environments with English-speaking personnel.
Recommended vaccinations before travelling to Singapore include hepatitis B, tetanus, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and rabies. In recent years, outbreaks of dengue and chikungunya have occurred. Travellers are advised to prepare with mosquito repellents.
Link to the Ministry of health website for Singapore: https://www.moh.gov.sg/