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15 Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Singapore

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Oct 25, 2023

Summary: The quality of medical care in Singapore is generally considered to be very high, with many of the country's hospitals being ranked among the best in the world. Singapore has a well-developed healthcare system, with a wide range of medical services available. In comparison to the US, Singapore has a higher doctor-to-patient ratio, shorter waiting times, and lower costs for medical services. Emergency services in Singapore are generally reliable and efficient. Ambulance services are provided by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF). To call for an ambulance, dial 995 from any phone. The SCDF will then dispatch an ambulance to the location.

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How are healthcare services Singapore?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Singapore, they replied:

"Singapore offers a comprehensive range of healthcare services, ranging from primary care to specialist services. The public healthcare system in Singapore is highly regarded for its quality and affordability. It is funded by the government and provides a wide range of services, including preventive care, primary care, specialist care, and hospital services. Foreign residents in Singapore have access to the public healthcare system, and can use it for both inpatient and outpatient services. Expats in Singapore can use the public healthcare system by registering with a public healthcare provider and paying the relevant fees. They can also purchase private health insurance to cover any additional costs," commented one expat who moved to Singapore.

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