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Singapore has very good medical care and you can find treatment at government hospitals, private hospitals, specialty clinics, and general practitioners. Some are even associated with providing healthcare needs to expats, such as the International Medical Clinic which is affiliated with the Travel Doctor Group out of Australia. Some healthcare facilities that might be valuable to the expat include:

The Traveller’s Health and Vaccination Centre
11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng
(65) 6357 2222

The International Medical Clinic

Gleneagles Hospital
6A Napier Road, Singapore 258 500
(65) 6473 7222

Mount Elizabeth Hospital
3 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228 510
(65) 6737 2666

If you would like a guide to other doctors and hospitals within Singapore, you can visit the Ministry of Health’s website at: http://www.moh.gov.sg

Even if you have health insurance, most doctors and hospitals will want immediate payment by cash or credit card. You might also find that, unlike in other countries with stringent privacy acts, Ministry of Health auditors may be granted access to medical records without your consent.

If you have a medical emergency, you should call for an ambulance by dialing 995. The ambulance is required to take you to the nearest Public Hospital. If you want to go to a specific hospital (if your insurance says you have to, for instance), then you have to contact one of the private ambulance operators instead. This will normally take longer.

List of Private Ambulance Operators:

AME 6247 7080
BLESSWELL 6273 0147
ECON 6382 8888
ER 6222 2995
HENG GREF 6788 8911

You can also go to a GP clinic or A&E (the equivalent of the United States’ ER) instead. All of the GP clinics are walk-in. You don’t need an appointment; you simply have to walk in and register. Wait times can be long if the clinic is really busy. Some of the clinics are open very late and others are actually open 24 hours.

Hospitals are located throughout Singapore and all of them have 24 hour emergency centers. After you register, you wait until your name is called. You will see the triage nurse first and then you’ll see the doctor. It could take a long time to see the doctor, depending on how busy the hospital is. If you arrive in an ambulance then you’ll see the doctor much quicker since your case will be classified as “critical”.

You do not normally need to go to a different building to get your prescription filled after seeing your doctor since many of the clinics have on-site pharmacies. Blood and urine tests can also be done at the clinic and then sent off for analysis. Some clinics have x-ray machines as well.

If you need to see a specialist then you don’t have to get a referral first. You can make the appointment yourself. However, if you can get your GP to write a letter of referral then you might find yourself at an advantage. A referral can help your GP communicate with the specialist as far as any tests and treatments you've already had go. You might also have an easier time finding a specialist who is best suited for your condition. If the specialist’s office isn’t busy then you can sometimes walk in. Most like their patients to have appointments, although wait time between calling and getting one is only about a week.

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