Thousands of Canadians travel abroad for Medical Tourism

It has happened to many of us, especially those who don’t have comprehensive benefits from our employer. We go into the dentist’s office for something routine and come out with a recommendation for something that will cost thousands of dollars.

Some Canadians refuse to pay the price, choosing instead to partake in medical tourism. They can jet to a much cheaper part of the world and get the work done for a fraction of the price. Essentially, they combine a vacation with a needed medical procedure. Depending on the work needed to be done, potential savings could be as much as $5,000. Even more.

Most medical professionals argue against the practice, saying the last thing you should cheap out on is your health. They have all sorts of horror stories from past clients who regret going abroad for treatment.

But there are thousands of Canadians who have had great luck getting dental work, plastic surgery, or laser eye procedures done in cheaper countries. The work is often done by an American or Canadian trained doctor in a facility with state of the art equipment. The savings come from low wages paid to support staff and reduced fixed expenses.

Many of these clinics use the internet to market themselves to more affluent customers, and they are strategically located a short distance away from major hotels. They’re serious businesses that want to earn repeat customers. The larger ones have thousands of reviews, which are mostly positive.

Don’t let your doctor scare you. Medical tourism can save you a lot of money while creating an excuse to visit an exotic locale

List of Hospitals in Singapore

The following is a list of hospitals and medical institutions in Singapore. It is classified according to the following categories:

General Hospitals – provide acute tertiary healthcare, with comprehensive medical facilities, in-house specialists and allied support services.

Specialist Hospitals and Institutions – provide specialist treatment and healthcare. These include medical centres housing independent specialist clinics and doctors.

Community Hospitals – these are usually semi-public hospitals catering to rehabilitation, geriatric care and coalescing patients. They are usually funded by charities or religious groups, with assistance from government funds and/or public healthcare professionals.

List of General Hospitals
Changi General Hospital (CGH)
Gleneagles Hospital
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
Mount Alvernia Hospital
National University Hospital (NUH)
Ng Teng Fong General Hospital & Jurong Community Hospital
Parkway East Hospital (former East Shore Hospital)
Raffles Hospital
Sengkang General Hospital
Singapore General Hospital (SGH)
Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)
List of Community Hospitals
Alexandra Hospital – due to restructuring changes, this hospital offers limited services starting from Aug 2015.
Ang Mo Kio-Thye Hua Kwan Hospital Ltd
Bright Vision Hospital
Ng Teng Fong General Hospital & Jurong Community Hospital
Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital And Nursing Home
Ren Ci Long Term Care (Hougang)
Ren Ci Community Hospital
Ren Ci Nursing Home
Sengkang General & Community Hospitals
St Andrew’s Community Hospital (SACH)
St Luke’s Hospital
Yishun Community Hospital
List of Specialists Hospitals & Institutions
Adam Road Medical Centre
Institute Of Mental Health (IMH) (former Woodbridge Hospital)
Johns Hopkins Singapore International Medical Centre (IMC)
KK Women’s And Children’s Hospital (KKH)
Mount Elizabeth Hospital
National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS)
National Dental Centre of Singapore (NDC)
National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS)
National Neuroscience Institute (NNI)
National Skin Centre (NSC)
Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC)
Thomson Medical Centre (TMC)

Kerala wants to promote Dental Tourism

Kerala has long considered Ayurveda, backwaters and culture (ABC) as its USP.Dental specialists in the state now want to add letter D to it in an attempt to tap the potential of dental tourism. A group of dental surgeons have set up a `Dental Holiday Knowledge Centre’ in Fort Kochi, to promote the concept among tourists.
India, Singapore and Thailand account for 90% of the medical tourism in Asia. “India ranks far below Thailand in dental tourism even though cities like Kochi have the necessary infrastructure to provide exceptional dental care at much cheaper rates,” said Dr Seby Varghese, founder of Dentela Foundation and secretary of Indian Dental Association, Nedumbassery. According to the research undertaken by Sindhu Joseph, an assistant professor with Kannur University , who has specialised in tourism management, 24.5% of the total medical tourists visiting Kerala can be credited to dental tourism. “Around 40% of all medical tourists visiting Kerala also look for leisure. As of now, the leading source of information regarding dental service in the international market is word of mouth. If you exclude NRIs the figure is 24.5%,” said Sindhu.
“I came to India specifically to see my daughter, who was staying in Fort Kochi.She has had previous experience with Dr Seby Varghese. I need some work done on my front teeth so I took her word for it and visited his office”, said Deborah Moe, a tourist who visited Kochi from the US this year.
Dr Seby says dental tourism has not been given an adequate platform to promote itself. “Most promotional opportunities like travel mart are dominated by large medical corporations who only promote themselves,” said Dr Seby .
He said dental tourism should be promoted like ayurveda. “In Thailand, dental tourism is uniquely promoted by the government. It has high online visibility and significant promotional presence in road shows and conventions. In Kochi, we have one of Asia’s leading dental lab facilities, which is catering not just to the market demands in Kochi but to foreign nations as well. We have the infrastructure, all we need is the promotion,” said Dr Seby .
Doctors say dental implants, tooth alignment and smile makeovers are the most frequently requested procedures. Getting dental implants done in Thailand can cost up to Rs 1 lakh, while the same can be done in Kochi for just Rs 55,000.
“The work I had done on my teeth was exceptional,” said Deborah.
The knowledge centre in Fort Kochi, which is set to open in October, will only admit clinics and centres that are approved by the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH). “Ayurveda marred its reputation due to malpractices by a few institutions, we don’t want the same to happen to the dental health industry ,” said Dr Seby.

India to come with Medical and Wellness Tourism Policy on International Yoga Day

The Centre is planning to launch a wellness and medical tourism policy on International Yoga Day on June 21 to tap the huge potential of the sector, Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said on Friday.

A web portal listing the names of the accredited institutions and the services they offer and the rates would also be launched, he said at a press conference here.

The minister was addressing the media after India’s rankings in the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitive Index (TTCI) for 2017 rose up 12 points to the 40th position, up from the 52nd position in 2016.

India’s rankings, which in 2015 was 65, have been calculated from 14 parameters among 136 countries.

According to Sharma, the government has also formed a National Medical and Wellness Tourism Promotion Board, which has noted cardiac surgeon Naresh Trehan and yoga guru Ramdev as members, to chalk out a strategy for boosting tourism through the segment.

Talking tourism

The rate of foreign tourist arrivals (FTA) around the globe is 3.9%; India’s FTA 10.7%

Japan and China’s rankings rose up five points and two points respectively; on the other hand, the rankings of the United States and Switzerland fell by two and four points respectively.

Bahrain’s Dental Tourism

The Dentist’s Lifestyle Conference and Exhibition is set to promote medical and Dental tourism in Bahrain by positioning Bahrain as the foremost destination among clients seeking cosmetic dental procedures.

The Conference, now in its second edition, will be held under the patronage of his excellency Lieutenant General Doctor Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, president of the supreme council for health.

The conference will take place on April 20 and 21, at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre (BIECC).

A number of high-profile partners have already signed up for the conference, including US-based company invisaligin clear aligner, Saudi Dental society, Basheer Shakib for dental supplies, and index holding – owner of AEEDC Dubai Conference & Exhibition, which is the largest dental conference in the region. DLS bahrain has also attracted dental companies from Turkey, Europe, and China.

The conference is organised by Tarteeb events management and BDA scientific Events management.

Dr. Mohammed Al Aradi, founder of BDA and the head of marketing and PR for DLS bahrain, said “The conference highlights Bahrain’s burgeoning dental sector and the robust licensing and legal framework which makes it easy for dental practitioners to set up a business here while maintaining stringent quality controls. We hope that this conference will attract further foreign investment in this sector”.

Tarteeb general manager Mohammed Al Muharraqi added: “Bahrain is the ideal destination for clients seeking cosmetic dental procedures as the industry is well developed, the quality of the services offered is world-class, and there are numerous tourist attractions on offer for visitors to enjoy while they have their procedure done”.

The conference sponsors include invisaligin (platinum Sponsor), McLaren Automotive motors; coral pay with their sea floating hotel “The C Hotel” which is hosting all speakers and guests, and At Bahrain Tourism Company, which will organise country tours for the visitors. The conference will include a cinema which will be sponsored by Ram Dental at the venue, an art exhibition, and a mobile dental clinic by Al Mansoori Clinics.

China is developing Special Medical Tourism Zone

Hainan Island will be designated a special economic zone for “medical tourism,” where foreigners will be able to fly to get cheap health care (similar to how offshore entities can go to Guandong Province to have cheap electronics manufactured)>

The zone will also have its own regulatory regime for medical experimentation, notably with stem cells, permitting research that is forbidden or controlled elsewhere in the country.

The move formalizes a four-year-old pilot scheme.

Hainan Boao Lecheng international medical tourism pilot zone, the first of its kind in the country, was approved by the State Council in 2013. It enjoys nine preferential polices, including special permission for medical talent, technology, devices and drugs, and an allowance for entrance of foreign capital and international communications.

The pilot zone also has permission to carry out leading-edge medical technology research, such as stem cell clinical research.

Since being established, about 20 projects with a total investment of 19.8 billion yuan ($2.9 billion) have been set up in the pilot zone, with another 15 projects approved.

Nine investment projects, with a total contract value of 8.4 billion yuan ($1.2 billion), were agreed at the congress in Boao, and five of them relate to the pilot zone.


List of top 10 Hospitals in Singapore


Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital and Specialist Centre

Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital (MNH) is Singapore’s first purpose-built private sector hospital to be built in over 30 years.

Located in the heart of the country’s next medical hub in Novena, this latest healthcare facility brings together clinical expertise, state-of-the-art medical equipment and operational excellence to provide local and international patients with quality healthcare, greater privacy and quick access.

Thomson Medical Centre

In 1979, Thomson Medical Centre, now known as Thomson Medical Pte. Ltd, commenced operations, becoming a healthcare service provider known for their focus in the areas of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics.

Carving out a unique identity of providing quality services with a personalized touch in a friendly and cozy ambience, TMC has taken women on the amazing journey of motherhood and embraced the birth of thousands of babies.

HMI Balestier Hospital

Health Management International Ltd (HMI) is a healthcare company with presence in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia and Myanmar.

Listed on the SGX Mainboard, HMI is focused on the delivery of healthcare services. Hence it makes it to this list of best hospitals in Singapore.

List of hospitals in Singapore

Camden Medical Centre

Home to over 65 private practices with over 100 top medical and healthcare specialists, Camden Medical Centre offers a comprehensive suite of services and medical expertise in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

This includes cardiology, obstetrics and gynaecology, plastic surgery, aesthetics, ophthalmology and dentistry, physiotherapy and psychiatry.

Paragon Medical Centre

Paragon Medical is managed by Orchard 290 Ltd, a 100% wholly owned subsidiary by Singapore Press Holdings.

Catering to both local, foreign, individuals and corporate healthcare needs are a variety of over 60 specialists and general practitioner medical services ranging from Anti-Ageing, Cosmetic, Dental, Dermatology, Obstetrics, Oncology, Gynecology, Pediatrics to Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Westpoint Medical Centre

West Point Hospital is the only private licensed acute and convalescent hospital in Singapore, providing both 24-hours inpatient and outpatient care and services by a dedicated team of doctors, nurses and specialists.

Adam Road Hospital

Adam Road Medical Centre (ARMC) is a private psychiatric medical centre with a multi-disciplinary mental health care team dedicated to preventing and treating mental ill health and promoting mental wellness.

Their Specialist Clinics provide consultation, diagnostic and therapeutic services including Psychological Assessment, Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Group Therapy and Counselling.

List of hospitals in Singapore

Gleneagles Hospital and Medical Centre

After its acquisition by Parkway Holdings, Gleneagles Hospital embarked on a S$150 million 3-year expansion that turned Gleneagles Hospital into a multi-disciplinary state-of-the-art medical facility.

In 1994, the Gleneagles Medical Centre was commissioned. Today, Gleneagles Hospital houses more than 300 on-site doctors from over 30 specialties and sub-specialties.

Raffles Hospital

Raffles Medical Group (RMG) is a leading medical group and the largest private group practice in Singapore.

As a fully integrated healthcare organisation, the Group owns and operates a network of family medicine clinics, a tertiary care private hospital, insurance services and a consumer healthcare division.

Parkway East Hospital and Medical Centre

Formerly known as East Shore Hospital, Parkway East Hospital is a 91-bed private general acute care hospital, with an outreach specialist centre in eastern Singapore providing a wide range of medical and surgical facilities.

Parkway East Hospital has built a loyal niche among residents in Eastern Singapore for its personalised care approach, convenient location and user-friendly services.


Changi General Hospital

Changi General Hospital (CGH) is a trusted healthcare provider with 790 beds in eastern Singapore.

They provide a comprehensive range of medical services from general surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, ENT to orthopaedic surgery and dermatology.

Changi Sports Medicine Centre is Singapore’s largest and is a leading provider of sports medicine expertise.

Singapore General Hospital

With a history and tradition of medical excellence spanning two centuries, Singapore General Hospital (SGH) is Singapore’s flagship hospital.

Located within the SGH Campus are sister institutions under the SingHealth Group – National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS), National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS), National Neuroscience Institute (NNI), Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) and National Dental Centre Singapore (NDCS) and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore, the country’s second medical school.

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In the SGH Campus, patients have ready access to more than 30 specialty services including Haematology, Renal Medicine, Nuclear Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pathology and Plastic Surgery (Burns) which are established as national referral centres.

It also boasts a comprehensive range of allied health service including Clinical Dietetics, Medical Social Services, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Speech Therapy.

National Cancer Centre

In 2004, NCCS pioneered the use of fluorescence diagnosis and drug-induced light therapy to diagnose and treat cancer.

It introduced the first linear accelerator with intensity modulated radiotherapy and respiratory (IMRT) gating capabilities to improve tumour coverage and decrease the side effects of treatments.

NCCS acquired a 64-slice multi-detector computed tomography device to advance early detection and treatment of cancer. Subsequently, it introduced the Images-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) which enhanced radiation treatment.

KK Women’s and children Hospital

KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital has evolved over the decades, since its founding in 1858, into a regional leader in Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Neonatology.

Today, the 830-bed hospital is a referral centre providing tertiary services to handle high-risk conditions in women and children.

list of hospitals in singapore

More than 400 specialists adopt a multi-disciplinary and holistic approach to treatment and harnessing the latest innovations and technology for the best medical care possible.

Johns Hopkins Singapore International Medical Centre

As Johns Hopkins’ first clinical healthcare facility established outside of the United States, the Johns Hopkins Singapore International Medical Centre is dedicated to continuing the Hopkins tradition of excellence in research, education and patient care.

The Centre serves the community of Singapore as well as foreign patients primarily from Southeast Asia and Middle East. No wonder then, it is among the top 10 best hospitals in Singapore.

The Centre provides inpatient and outpatient medical oncology care, medical intensive care, laboratory, hospital and retail pharmacy, general internal medicine and health screenings.

They treat a wide range of cancers, including but not limited to Breast, Ovarian, Uterine, Cervical, Lung, Throat, Nasopharynx, Stomach, Liver, Kidney, Colon and Lymphoma.

National University Hospital

NUH was the first hospital in Singapore to be conferred the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation in August 2004 and the Singapore Service Class award in July 2004.

Some of NUH’s progress in clinical outcomes include Cataract, Heart Surgeries, Child Asthma, Gastric Cancer and Child Epilepsy.

National Heart Centre

Each year, over 100,000 patients seek treatment at the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS).

As a 185-bed national centre for cardiovascular medicine in Singapore, NHCS provides a one-stop comprehensive preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative cardiac services.

NHCS is a member of SingHealth, the largest healthcare group in Singapore.

Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) is a 570-bed general and acute care hospital, managed by Alexandra Health. Opened in June 2010, KTPH offers a comprehensive range of medical services and specialist care to the community in the north.

By combining medical expertise with high standards of personalised care, set within a healing environment, KTPH strives to provide care that is truly good enough for our own loved ones.

list of hospitals in singapore

Singapore National Eye Centre

Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) was incorporated in 1989 and commenced operations in 1990.

It is the designated national centre within the public sector healthcare network, and spearheads and coordinates the provision of specialised ophthalmological services with emphasis on quality education and research.

Since its opening in 1990, SNEC has achieved rapid growth and currently manages an annual workload of 250,000 outpatient visits, 14,000 major eye surgeries and 13,000 laser procedures. Hence it makes it to this list of top 10 best hospitals in Singapore.

Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) is one of Singapore’s largest multi-disciplinary hospitals with more than 160 years of pioneering medical care and development.

The hospital has 36 clinical and allied health departments, 15 specialist centres and is powered by more than 6,000 healthcare staff.