Singapore: multi-faceted medical hub
Singapore attracts a growing number of medical professionals and multi-national healthcare-related companies from various parts of the world to share and exchange their expertise, to conduct healthcare-related research and training as well as to host international conferences and events.
OVERVIEWInternational patients come to Singapore each year for a whole range of medical care from basic health screenings and wellness services to high-end surgical procedures in specialties such as cardiology, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, organ transplants, orthopedics, and pediatrics.
In 2010, medical expenditure generated from travelers was S$856 million, a 10.1 per cent year-on-year increase over 2009.
As a multi-faceted medical hub, Singapore attracts a growing number of medical professionals and multi-national healthcare-related companies from various parts of the world to share and exchange their expertise, to conduct healthcare-related research and training as well as to host international conferences and events. Healthcare providers in Singapore are constantly strengthening their medical capabilities through professional exchanges and access to innovation in medical technology through our robust healthcare eco-system here.
SINGAPORE HEALTHCARE – BRIEF FACTS
- About 30 medical institutions with more than 7,300 doctors, 1,300 dentists, and 22,000 nurses catering to international patient services (as of 2010)
- Ranked sixth best out of 191 countries in the world and best healthcare system in Asia by World Health Organization (WHO) in 2000
- Ranked best healthcare infrastructure in Asia and third best out of 55 countries in the world by International Institute for Management
- Ranked second lowest infant mortality rate on WHO`s World Health Statistics report in 2010 (Infant mortality rate= 2.0 per 1,000 population)
- Total healthcare expenditure is less than 2% of the country’s GDP
- Life expectancy at birth: 81.8 years (as of 2010)
WHY DOES SINGAPORE SERVE INTERNATIONAL PATIENTS?For its own citizens, Singapore has built its healthcare system to ensure quality medical care of comparable standards with world-renowned medical centers.
Catering to a more diverse patient demographic, healthcare professionals in Singapore are able to gain greater exposure and experience, thereby broadening and deepening their medical expertise.
This enables internationally trained doctors to sub-specialise, while retaining and developing their skills. Serving international patients further enhances their expertise, and ultimately ensures continued quality care for local patients.
WHY PATIENTS COME TO SINGAPORE FOR HEALTHCARE
- 1. Singapore – The Name
- Singapore is often associated with excellence, efficiency and effectiveness, from its airport, airline and port to its infrastructure, education and healthcare systems.
Singapore has become a trusted name among international patients.
- 2. Renowned Patient Services
- The clinical services in Singapore broaden and deepen the suite of advanced medical care treatments available to patients, with internationally accredited facilities and renowned physicians trained in the best centers in the world. Beyond international certifications, the quality of healthcare is also seen in published clinical indicators.
Many healthcare institutions in Singapore publish their clinical outcomes1 on their corporate websites, and they are comparable to, if not exceeding, international standards. In measuring and publicly sharing these performance standards, Singapore encourages patients to make informed decisions regarding their treatment and institution of choice.
- 3. Regional Medical Hub
- Singapore is a true multi-faceted regional medical hub, not only for medical services for patients, but also as a meeting place for medical professionals for conferences and training, and as a base for healthcare consultancy and operations management.
In addition, with a growing number of leading biomedical companies such as Eli Lilly, Novartis, GSK and ViaCell having their regional headquarters in Singapore, the country has become the regional centre of research and clinical trials.
Abbott is another private establishment which opened its Asia- Pacific Nutrition Research & Development Centre at the Biopolis in Singapore, as the largest nutrition R&D facility outside of the United States creating science-based nutritional products.
- 4. Affordability
- Cost is an important consideration for many international patients. While list prices appear higher in Singapore than in other Asian countries, final bills are often comparable due to shorter hospital stays.
On top of the affordability, patients in Singapore are assured of quality treatment and high clinical outcomes similar to those in the United States and Europe.
Singapore’s public medical institutions also make estimated costs as transparent as possible, according to useful categories such as medical conditions, procedures involved and ward class, published on MOH`s website.
- Treatment costs are not as low as Thailand, but certainly lower than the US and closer to those of Korea and Japan, depending on treatment selected
*Clinical outcomes refer to various measures used to track quality of clinical services provided by medical institutions.
- For more Information on medical treatment costs in Singapore (Ministry of Health Singapore Official Site)
- 5. A Home Away From Home
- Singapore is an international city, which welcomes people of all cultures. The people in Singapore enjoy high security and low crime.
Connected to some 200 cities in the world, Singapore is highly accessible. Transport and accessibility within the country is equally easy and convenient. English is the first language of education and business.
As Singapore is a multi-racial and multi-culturally accommodating city, patients of all race and creed will not find it difficult to meet people in Singapore who speak their language or share their religion.
- 6. Peace of Mind
- Ultimately, the medical traveler seeks peace of mind.
In Singapore, medical travelers can receive medical care of the highest quality in an environment that is safe and welcoming, with no uncertainties of wars, government instability and social unrest or natural disasters, and no worries about blood safety.
It is here that patients can focus on recovering well without other concerns.
AccreditationSeventeen hospitals and medical centers in Singapore have obtained Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation, assuring patients from Singapore and overseas of the standard of healthcare services available here.
The JCI is the United States‟ main hospital accreditation agency.
Eleven hospitals are certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
AcknowledgementMajority of above contents summarized from information on http://www.singaporemedicine.com/index.asp