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Finding a doctor in Singapore
Singapore has one of the best healthcare systems in the world with highly-trained doctors, who studied and worked here or abroad, and world-class medical facilities. However they all charge different prices and it is sometimes tricky to find a trustworthy practitioner without spending all of your earnings. Here is our advice for choosing a general physician or a dentist in Singapore.
Doctors in Singapore
Both local and expatriate doctors work in Singapore. Local physicians often supplement their diploma from the National University of Singapore with an international experience. Then they get approval from the Singapore Medical Council. Appointments are more or less expensive according to the place you live in and the facility the doctor works in (public or private). Sometimes the price of appointments decreases after the first visit.
General physicians and dentists are available in clinics, hospitals and medical centres 7 days a week and often until 12pm.
Public or private facility ?
Expatriates may choose between a public hospital (also called polyclinic) and a private clinic: in both cases you will get high-quality care. However the fees are not the same and depend on the additional services you may ask for (some private hospitals are proud to offer an experience equivalent to a “four-star hotel” stay).If you would like to benefit from a first-rate medical network without having to pay direct fees, do not hesitate to contact [dot] sg [at] april [dot] com (contact our advisors).
If you don’t know any general physician or dentist in Singapore, one easy way to find one and quickly get an appointment is the internet. Thanks to online address lists and comparators, one can find a doctor according to one’s budget, location in Singapore, availability and medical speciality requested. For example, on practo.com you can see his/her photo, resume, schedule, fees and so on. Docdoc.sg also helps you to find who you need and gives you a lot of information on the practitioner’s profile and precise fees. Always make sure to check his/her academic and professional experience.
Foreign language-speaking doctors
If you feel more comfortable talking in your native language with your general physician you should go on the website of your country’s embassy and look for a list of recommended doctors.
If you want to know more about healthcare in Singapore :
Read our article introducing Singapore’s healthcare system