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Singapore (City) - Healthcare & Medical Treatment

Singapore has a good healthcare system. Most doctors practicing in Singapore are well-respected throughout Southeast Asia, and English is widely spoken by healthcare professionals in hospitals and clinics. For an overall summary of Singapore’s healthcare system, refer to the healthcare section of the Expat Focus Singapore country guide.

Important Phone Numbers

For emergency assistance (Fire / Ambulance): 995 (toll-free) Police: 999 (toll-free)

For non-emergency ambulance assistance: 1777

Of the 2,000 healthcare establishments, 28 hospitals and specialty centres, and more than 80 healthcare companies, there are 7 government hospitals, 5 national specialist centres, 18 polyclinics (for outpatient services) and 3 speciality institutes. Click here for a comprehensive list of the hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities, locations and contact numbers.

There are also International Patient Service Centres that cater to the needs of international patients. At these centres, you can obtain information about the healthcare establishments and available treatments. Click here for a list of the International Patient Service Centres. The website offers some good FAQs for international patients. Healthcare costs in Singapore can be expensive on a user-pay basis, which makes it essential for expatriates to update their health insurance coverage before relocating.

Expatriates with prescriptions from their doctors back in their own countries need to be aware that such prescriptions may not be recognized in Singapore. Pharmacies in Singapore require medical prescriptions from locally-registered medical doctors. Expatriates with such prescriptions are advised to register with a local medical practitioner and consult upon arrival in Singapore.

Public Health issues in Singapore

Singapore is one of Asia’s healthiest and cleanest cities, with ample accessibility to safe drinking tap water and top healthcare.

There are no requirements for expatriates to be vaccinated against any disease before entering Singapore but the Singapore government recommends vaccinations against Hepatitis B. One public health issue that periodically occurs in Singapore is dengue fever. The government has strict guidelines to minimize the risk of spreading the disease and all residents are expected to comply or be imposed with a fine. Other public health issues, such as the Avian Influence (or bird flu) are well-managed by Singapore. Singapore’s precautionary measures to deal with the Avian Influenza have been considered among the best in the world by the World Health Organization. The SARS crisis in 2007 was also well-contained by the Singapore government, and the US Centre for Disease Control lauded Singapore’s medical community for their honest reporting and heroic efforts to fight SARS.

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