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The beautiful island city-state of Singapore is a medical tourism megastar. Many people combine a Singapore holiday with healthcare. In 2011 alone, medical travelers to Singapore brought in over US$900 million, and Singapore's medical tourism sector is predicted to grow by 8.3 percent annually and reach $1.34 billion in 2018.

The popularity of medical tourism here can be attributed to factors such as the presence of a robust medical infrastructure and Singapore’s integrated healthcare system: Singapore ranks sixth out of 191 countries on the WHO’s list of nations with the best health systems, and is rated Asia’s best. A world-class airport is another reason why this island has witnessed a massive influx of foreign medical tourists. Singapore is known for treatments in the areas of cardiology, oncology, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedics and pediatrics, among others. Popular treatments sought here include liver and kidney transplants and those linked to blood disorders.

Another strength is cosmetic surgery, such as laser hair removal and dermatology. Traditional Chinese medicine such as acupuncture and herbal treatments is also big, and there are many wellness centers and health spas offering treatments such as hydrotherapy and aromatherapy. Singapore's biotechnology sector is sophisticated as well, so if you’re looking for stem cell therapy and other cutting-edge treatments, you’ve got a good chance of finding them here. Other points to consider include:

One striking new option is gender-specific healthcare for women, in the form of a clinic opened in 2011 that caters to women patients only and is staffed by a team of female cardiologists, psychologists, dieticians and occupational therapists.

All international patients should be aware that they must submit a letter from the Singapore hospital they intend to visit that states the reason they are applying for a visa and details of the patient's medical condition along with other basic documents to expedite processing.

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