Why choose Singapore?

Singapore offers a world-class healthcare ecosystem.

Medical excellence and cost are two obvious considerations when choosing a destination for healthcare. Other factors, such as ease of travel, safety and comfort, are also important to the overall experience of your medical tour. Singapore offers the medical traveller more than just top-class medical care; Singapore offers a world-class healthcare ecosystem.

Medical Excellence


International accreditation
14 hospitals in Singapore are JCI accredited, including all four hospitals run by Parkway Pantai. JCI accreditation is an international stamp for excellent clinical practices in patient care and safety

World-class medical training
The National University of Singapore's School of Medicine has consistently ranked among the top 30 in the world. In the 2014 QS World University Rankings, it achieved 21st place. Singapore's Ministry of Health sponsors doctors for post-graduate specialist training in the best medical centres around the world, allowing these doctors to bring back knowledge and expertise that matches international standards.

Patient-centric
Patient-centric care puts the welfare of the patient, rather than the institution, insurer or physician, at the centre of every treatment plan. This is a goal that our hospitals and clinics strive for.

Wholistic care
Technical expertise and effective treatment methods are only a part of good medical care. Diet, exercise and other lifestyle factors play an important role in a person's health. The social, emotional and psychological well-being of patients, and their loved ones, also need consideration. Such is the wholistic approach to medicine practised in Singapore.

Excellent clinical outcomes
Singapore's medical institutions achieve clinical outcomes that sometimes exceed those of other established medical centres of excellence. Click here to see some examples.

Safe blood supply
Patients undergoing major surgical procedures or receiving treatment for blood conditions may require blood transfusions. Singapore's Blood Services Group rigorously screens every unit of donor blood to ensure the safety of its blood supply prior to transfusion. This includes screening for HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, syphilis, malaria and bacterial contamination.

Ease of Travel


English widely used
English is the language of education, business and government in Singapore. Most people in Singapore speak English, and signboards and paperwork are mostly in English. This makes it relatively easy for a traveller with a basic command of English to get around.

International transport hub
Changi Airport is world-renowned and has received numerous accolades, including the Skytrax World's Best Airport award in 2000, 2006, 2010, 2013 and 2014. In 2013 it saw over 53 million passengers arriving and departing. At present, 106 airlines fly out of Changi Airport, serving 270 cities in 60 countries.

Simple visa procedures
Most medical travellers to Singapore will not need a visa. This includes citizens of the USA, Australia, New Zealand and most European countries. Those that do require visas can obtain them online, without the need to go to an embassy or consulate. The list of countries/regions requiring a visa to enter Singapore is published on the website of Singapore's Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.

Short distances
Singapore is a tiny island-state. The main island measures 50 kilometres from east to west, and 26 kilometres from north to south. For the medical traveller, many of the hospitals we work with are located in very convenient areas, within 15 minutes' drive of one another and with many hotels nearby. This means that travelling time is kept minimal.

Easy to get around
Singapore's public transport system is modern, efficient and user-friendly. Roads are well-maintained, and signboards in English are clear and plentiful.

Many round-the-clock services
Many services are available 24 hours a day. There are many convenience stores and eating spots all over the island, and quite a few open round-the-clock. Most hospitals have 24-hour accident-and-emergency services. ATMs are easy to find and accept most international credit and debit cards.

Safety & Comfort


Politically stable
Singapore is a politically-stable country, with clear policies and a robust business environment. This means that travellers to Singapore can plan their trips with ease and assurance.

Low crime rate
Singapore has a very low crime rate, aided by a very effective and efficient police force. People in Singapore - both residents and visitors alike - enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that one's property, self and loved ones are safe.

Hundreds of hotels
Travellers to Singapore are spoiled for choice as far as accommodation options go: Singapore has over 500 hotels, inns and other specialty lodging options located within the tiny 700-square-kilometre main island, spanning a full gamut of star-ratings and prices.

High standards of living
Singapore has a very high standard of living. Basic amenities are accessible, reliable and safe. Transportation is user-friendly and affordable. Travellers to Singapore are spared the economic and cultural contrasts that are sometimes seen in other medical tourism destinations.

Year-round tropical climate
Located very near to the equator, Singapore enjoys warm weather all year round. No need to worry about cold weather or winter wear here!

Cost


Costs comparable to Europe
Healthcare costs in Singapore compare favourably with those in Western European countries.

Often cheaper than the USA
Singapore's healthcare costs are competitive when compared with those in the USA.

Great value-for-money
Singapore's cost efficiency and excellent clinical outcomes mean that medical travellers receive great value for money.

Cost transparency
Healthcare costs in Singapore are transparent. The bill sizes of various hospitals in Singapore for different conditions/procedures are published on the website of Singapore's Ministry of Health.