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Singapore - Hospitals

When it comes to world’s health care systems, Singapore is in the Top 10, according to the World Health Organization’s rankings. The Joint Commission International accreditation has been awarded to 17 hospitals and medical centers in Singapore, which accounts for one-third of all the JCI-accredited facilities in Asia.

Not only does Singapore have top rated medical centers; it’s also become a medical hub as conferences, trainings, and workshops are currently held there for medical professionals from all over the world.

At present, there are 15 public hospitals and medical centers. These include 6 general hospitals, a women's and children's hospital, medical center, psychiatry hospital and 6 specialty centers for cancer, cardiac, eye, skin, neuroscience and dental care. The general hospitals offer patients multi-disciplinary acute inpatient and outpatient services as well as a 24-hour emergency department. They are operated as private limited companies so that competitiveness against the private sector on service and quality is seen. Although these might be considered “government” hospitals, they are modern, have high standards, and ensure that patients get good care from skilled physicians.

There are also private hospitals in Singapore. These also offer high standards of care and most of them are JCI-accredited. There are currently 21 private hospitals in addition to a few specialist clinics.

Some of the private hospitals include Gleneagles, Mount Elizabeth and Thomson Medical Centre. Government hospitals include Tan Tock Seng, Kandang Kerbau, Singapore General Hospital, National University Hospital, Changi General Hospital, and Ang Mo Kio Community Hospital.

If you are in need of inpatient services you can choose to be placed in single-bed rooms, two-bed rooms and four-bed rooms when it comes to private hospitals. In government hospitals, you will only find single (A class) rooms or two-bed (B1 class) rooms. Although costs in government hospitals are somewhat lower than they are in private hospitals, non-Singaporeans will still pay a 30% premium.

Some of the hospitals include:

Khoo Teck Puat Hospital Singapore - KTPH

Singapore General Hospital (SGH), Singapore Hospitals.SG

UOB ATM - National University Hospital

Mount Alvernia Hospital

KK Women's and Children's Hospital

Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Alexandra Hospital

Singapore General Hospital

Mount Elizabeth Hospital

Home - Changi General Hospital, Singapore

For a list of government hospitals and clinics, visit the Ministry of Health’s page: http://mservices.moh.gov.sg/eservices/

English is spoken in all of the hospitals. A&E (the equivalent of the ER in the United States) is used for emergency purposes. If you walk into A&E, you can plan on registering and then waiting first to see a triage nurse and later a doctor. Wait times can be incredibly long if there are a lot of people ahead of you. However, if you arrive at the hospital in an ambulance, you will be seen sooner since as a “critical” case you’ll take precedent over those who are in the waiting room and are not viewed as being in immediate danger.

If you do call an ambulance, you will be transported to the closest hospital. If you need to go to a specific hospital then you’ll need to call a private ambulance company which will probably take longer to arrive.

If you are in need of surgery then you will be referred to the hospital by your physician. However, you do not need a physician’s referral in order to make your own appointment with a specialist. Although a GP’s referral can help you find a specialist, it’s possible to simply pick up the phone and make your own appointment. In most cases, you can expect to get an appointment within a week or so.

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