Visiting the Doctor in Singapore



Singapore boasts of an excellent health care system — well-established, efficient, and considered the best in the region.

There are a number of government and private medical hospitals, and many specialist clinics scattered throughout the island. The medical facilities in Singapore are state-of-the-art, staffed by well-qualified doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. There are also a number of international health insurance providers that offer plans for expat health insurance coverage in the country.

Medical Care

Seeking medical help is not a problem in Singapore, to say the least, but it can get pretty expensive. Most of the major hospitals in Singapore have walk-in clinics. Some clinics may even be found in places such as malls and other civic centres and may operate for 24 hours a day.

The country also has a medical savings account for its residents known as Medisave, under which employees contribute 6-8% of their monthly salaries. This account could be used in servicing various medical fees. But only citizens and permanent residents can avail of Medisave.

And because of the large presence of people of Chinese origin, it is only natural to find clinics that offer an alternative or traditional medicine and services. Such practices include acupuncture, reflexology, herbology and tai-chi.

To ensure quality health services, make it a point to go to a licensed practitioner. For more information regarding health and medical concerns, contact the Ministry of Health.