List of top 10 Hospitals in Singapore

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Plastic Surgery in Turkey

In contrast to the decline in the number of European tourists travelling to Turkey due to recent negative events, there was a 20 percent increase in the number of tourists coming from Europe to the country in the first two months of the year for plastic surgery, Emin Çakmak, founding president of the Turkish Health Tourism Development Council (THTC) said.

Evaluating the 20 percent rise in travel for plastic surgery, he said, “Germany and the Netherlands are the two markets in which we have the most tourists. There were some cancellations coming from the Netherlands in the last period, however, we think there will be a recovery especially after the elections in the country,” Çakmak said.

$12,000 revenue from health tourism on average

Çakmak stated that while in 2016 there was a decline in tourism in Turkey, there was an increase in health tourism, saying: “We hosted 746,000 health tourists in 2015. The number increased to 750,000 in 2016. The revenue of $5.2 billion rose to $5.8 billion, while 90 percent of this came from medical tourism and the rest from [people traveling to Turkey for] plastic surgery,” he said. Explaining that the increase in income was the result of a capacity increase in transfer centers, Çakmak said that the Health Ministry increased the number of licensed centers in 2015, saying: “The capacity doubled and this was reflected in the revenue because these transplantations are the operations whose cost varies between $100,000 and $650,000,” he added. Pointing out that an average of $12,000 is obtained from a health tourist, Çakmak explained the following about the market distribution: “About 65 percent of revenue comes from the Middle East and North Africa [MENA] region, 25 percent from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States [CAC], and 10 percent from Europe, the latter of which chooses Turkey more for plastic surgery and dental operations.”

4,000 professionals to gather in Antalya

Underlining that there should be more concentration on alternative areas such as health and sports to ensure that tourism is active in the country 12 months of the year, Çakmak noted that, in this context, they will organize the Hestourex-World Health Sports Congress and Fair in Antalya, from April 6-9. Çakmak said, “In the Presidency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with the support of the health and sports ministries, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Economy Ministry and Development Ministry, 4,000 professionals from 150 countries will participate in the fair.

Mexico Medical Tourism to grow

A woman enters a dentists’ office in Tijuana, Mexico. Data from a U.S. government survey suggests that 150,000 to 320,000 Americans list health care as a reason for traveling abroad each year.

On almost any weekday afternoon, silver-haired Americans, often with mouths still numb from Novocain, line up at the U.S. port of entry between Nogales, Mexico, and Nogales, Ariz.

Because Medicare offers virtually no coverage for dental work, Mexican border towns like Nogales have become go-to destinations for affordable, quality dental care among seniors and snowbirds from southern Arizona, California, and Texas. Less than 10 miles from the popular retirement hub of Yuma, Ariz., more than 350 dentists have set up shop in the small Mexican town of Los Algodones — earning it the nickname “Molar City.”

In recent years, rising medical costs compounded by the introduction of stingy federal exchange plans under the Affordable Care Act have begun to force more Americans to follow the path forged by snowbirds and migrate south of the border in search of affordable health care.

As a result, Mexico has quickly emerged as a world leader in medical tourism, luring an estimated 1 million patients each year, many of them from the U.S. — not just with cheap pharmaceuticals and dental services but also a range of procedures, from heart surgeries to in vitro fertilization and cancer treatments. They can receive care by specialists at high-quality hospitals and clinics for a fraction of the cost in the States.

Now, as Congress considers a new federal health care law predicted to leave approximately 24 million Americans uninsured by 2026, Mexico’s burgeoning health care industry ironically stands to be among the Republican bill’s biggest beneficiaries.

“Clearly this legislation will set the stage for increased out-of-country care,” said Patrick Goodness, CEO of the Goodness Co., a medical tourism marketing and public relations firm that works with a variety of international hospitals, medical centers and dental clinics.

Though difficult to predict exactly how many Americans will travel outside the U.S. for medical or dental care as a result of the Republican’s proposed American Health Care Act, Goodness told Yahoo News that he’s seen medical tourism from the U.S. steadily increase since 2013, with cost being the biggest driving factor.

“By nearly all accounts the U.S. medical system is broken,” Goodness said. “Sky-high hospital bills and staggering prices for pharmaceuticals push many Americans to seek care south of the border.”

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Prior to the enactment in 2003 of the Medicare prescription drug subsidy program, known as Medicare Part D, it was Mexico’s inexpensive (and loosely regulated) pharmacies that first drew many Southwesterners across the border. There, they soon discovered an untapped trove of low-cost dental clinics.

“Word of mouth travels very quickly in this age demographic,” said Ron Vinluan, co-founder of Dayo Dental, a Phoenix-based company that helps connects patients with a vetted network of top dentists throughout Mexico.

Vinluan told Yahoo News that Dayo Dental has seen “20 percent healthy growth per year” since the company was founded in 2006. Sixty percent of patients who use Dayo Dental are older than 60, largely retirees living in the Southwest, but it serves Americans of all ages from all states as well as Canada. One study found that, as of 2014, 205 million Americans had no dental benefits.

While dentistry remained the area of largest growth for medical travel from the U.S. last year, Patients Beyond Borders, an organization dedicated to researching international trends in medical tourism, estimated that approximately 1.4 million Americans sought some sort of medical or dental care outside the U.S. in 2016.

Patients Beyond Borders CEO Josef Woodman credits the Affordable Care Act with helping drive this trend by forcing people to make choices about their insurance for the first time, leading many to pick seemingly inexpensive “skinny plans” that left many underinsured.

“Outbound medical tourism is not about rich people,” said Woodman. “It’s really people who are one medical condition away from the streets.”

Rising costs combined with limited choices for coverage, he said, create a “slippery slope that favors medical tourism, especially if you’re in Texas, California, Arizona, on the border.”

Anecdotally, Woodman said he’s observed a spike in traffic to PBB’s website since Republicans seized control of the White House and Congress, promising to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“I don’t think there’s any question that people are going to be pursuing more choices” if AHCA is passed, Woodman said.

“The way I see it, AHCA is a component of a larger trend toward people seeking global options in their health care,” said Woodman, who, along with Goodness and Vinluan, pointed to anecdotal signs of increased interest in their services from a growing number of younger Americans.

It’s this tech-savvy sector of the population who, they predict, will usher in the next phase of medical tourism by approaching health care with the same scrupulous, consumer-review-oriented techniques used to shop for airfare, apartments, cars, clothing and virtually everything else. In addition to curated online networks like Dayo Dental and the Goodness Company’s LosAlgodonesMedicalGuide.com, and the latest edition of Woodman’s “Patients Beyond Borders” paperback guide to international medical travel, prospective patients are starting to be able to find consumer reviews for Mexican doctors and dental clinics on sites like Trip Advisor and Yelp.

Woodman expects Mexico to continue to benefit from this trend. He said that when he first began researching medical tourism trends in 2005, the Joint Commission International (JCI), the global branch of a nonprofit health care accreditation service, had bestowed its seal-of-quality approval on only 27 institutions worldwide—none of which were in Mexico.

As of March 1, 2017, there were 900 JCI-accredited facilities around the globe, a number expected to reach 1,000 by 2018. Mexico is currently home to seven.

In 1999, the General Health Council of Mexico, a division of the Ministry of Health, decided to align its accreditation standards for hospitals, clinics, rehab centers and other health care facilities with international standards used by the JCI. According to the Medical Tourism Association, 126 private hospitals have since been certified by the General Health Council, with 238 more in the process.

Mexico’s move toward American-style hospitals and medical centers, coupled with its close proximity to the U.S. and relatively few restrictions for international patients, make it a desirable destination for American patients.

Americans who go abroad for care — overwhelmingly to Mexico — spend an average of $4,200 on services that cost 36 to 89 percent less than the U.S. equivalent. The Medical Tourism Association also estimates that Mexico generated $3.1 billion in revenue from medical tourism in 2014.

American companies are also getting in on the action. Last spring, San Diego’s Scripps Health system announced it was teaming up with Mexican health care provider SIMNSA on the construction of a full-service, binational hospital in Tijuana.

“We live in a binational region where thousands of people cross the border between San Diego and Tijuana daily for work,” Scripps president and CEO Chris Van Gorder said at the time. “Access to high quality health care on both sides of the border is important for our regional economy.”

Scripps’ cross-border venture follows a trend led by other American companies, such as Dallas-based International Hospital Corp. and Christus Health, whose networks both include several hospitals in Mexico.

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A medical clinic in Tijuana, Mexico. An estimated 952,000 Californians enter Mexico to receive health care annually, including prescription drugs, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission. (Photo: Guillermo Arias/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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“Binational health care is something that’s here to stay,” Van Gorder said at the time.

But while proponents of medical tourism are excited about the industry’s prospects for growth, not everyone is content to let Mexico become the preferred health care provider of the United States.

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., agreed that AHCA will likely lead to “increased travel to Mexico for some services that are found there cheaper, including dental work, some types of basic surgery, prescriptions.” But, he insisted, “it’s not an easy solution to go to Mexico” for senior citizens who may be too old, ill or impoverished to easily undertake the trip.

Already at the forefront of the medical tourism trend, Arizona this year was hit with the biggest insurance premium hikes of any state on the federal Obamacare exchange, with premiums predicted to rise by an average of 116 percent statewide in 2017.

However, thanks to subsidies provided under the Affordable Care Act, the hikes actually had little impact on the wallets of most Arizonans with Obamacare plans.

“When premiums went up last year, there wasn’t much of a rush to Mexico … because [there were] subsidies to match it,” said Gallego. “If anything, [it was] just political fodder for Republicans.”

Shortly before the election, news of projected premium hikes became talking points for the campaigns of Arizona GOPers like Sen. John McCain and newly elected Rep. Andy Biggs, who both pledged to repeal Obamacare. Since then, Republicans including House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump have continued to use Arizona’s astronomical premiums as a cautionary tale to promote their proposed ACA replacement.

But it’s the AHCA, in particular its provision to roll back the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, that Gallego fears will drive “more older, working, poor people from Arizona,” a Medicaid expansion state, to seek alternative health care options in Mexico — or worse, not at all.

“Most seniors can’t drive that far at this point, and if you’re that poor, can you afford trips to Mexico to get surgery [or] to get prescriptions?” he asked. He predicted that many of those slated to become uninsured under AHCA will likely “avoid any type of medical service until it becomes an emergency and then they’ll go to the emergency room, which ends up being more costly to them and to taxpayers.”

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McCain and Biggs have both expressed concerns about the proposed Obamacare replacement bill, though neither responded to requests for comment from Yahoo News.

Even if Republicans manage to revise the legislation in a way that causes less overt damage to their key voter base, it would likely do little to block the migration toward medical tourism already in motion.

Like any industry disruptor, medical tourism is seen by proponents as more than just an alternative to the increasingly unaffordable cost of health care in the U.S., but as a potential force for systemic change.

“I truly believe the phenomenon of people going to other countries for affordable care will help deflate rising medical costs,” said Vinluan.

Goodness agreed.

“The simple truth is this,” he said. “If Americans could secure affordable comprehensive medical insurance coverage — even with preexisting conditions — there would be a reduced incentive to travel for medical care.”

Germany losing in Medical Tourism

Medical tourism in Germany seems to lose many clients. The numbers of foreign patients coming to the country for surgery went down. Especially the Russian markets, which was very strong for many years, is not providing that many medical tourists as before.

During the years of booming medical tourism in Germany, many highly-specialized clinics in the country could see the potential of wealthy patients from the Middle East, as well as from Russia and other states of the former Soviet Union.

A lot of money was invested in the infrastructure and non-medical experts to be able to meet the high demands. The sector was doing well increasing annually the number of foreign patients who purposefully come to Germany for medical procedures.

According to the medical tourism expert, Jens Juszczak, from the University of Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, as compared to the same period in the previous year, the sector increased by 1.4 percent in 2015, amounting to 255,000 patients from 177 countries. The medical tourists brought 1.2 billion euros in revenues, which were invested back in the German health care system.

However, the Russian market has changed. In 2014 Russia was the most important source market of medical travelers with about 9800 inpatients and 15,000 outpatients. In 2015, however, the German medical tourism industry recorded a decline of 32.4 percent with respect to Russian patients, according to Juszczak. The reason for the decrease was most likely the EU’s economic actions against Russia in late July 2014 in the wake of the Crimean annexation under President Vladimir Putin. The treatments became quite costly for Russian travelers.

“Medical treatment abroad has become very expensive for Russians. That’s why they travel only in urgent medical cases,” explained Juszczak.

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German medical tourism is in shrinking

Depending on the source markets, which the German clinics focus on, the sector reported corresponding losses. “In particular the regions that previously had high demand from Russia such as Berlin are feeling the drop in numbers heavily. With a decline of 16%, the capital recorded its largest decrease with respect to medical tourism,” Juszczak said.

Recovery is however not in sight. The reform of the Russian economy is likely to have bottomed out in 2017, but the double-digit growth rates of the past cannot be expected in the next year according to the medical tourism expert.

The slightly positive development regarding the number of patients from abroad is caused above all by the growing demand from Europe and the Arabian Gulf States, Juszczak explains. The latter recorded the highest growth with 17 percent, mainly driven by Saudi Arabia (34 percent) and Kuwait (19 percent). It is expected, that medical tourism in Germany will rely more and more on the patients from the Gulf.

 

 

Malaysia Medical Tourism is growing

Johor’s proximity to Singapore and lower living costs have always been an attractive proposition for Singaporean investors.

With a slew of infrastructure improvements coupled with the completion of mega developments, Malaysia continues to lure investors despite weak market sentiments.

By Michelle Yee

Despite the challenging market conditions and slowing economy caused by several factors such as the Trump presidency, Brexit, the outlook on oil prices, the weakened ringgit and more, investors looking for investment opportunities can still expect to find good deals in Malaysia, namely in
Iskandar, Kuala Lumpur and Malacca, experts said.

“Iskandar is a top performing region in attracting economic investments in Malaysia. This has primarily been from manufacturing and logistic firms setting up shop here, using Iskandar as a back office or manufacturing hub, while using Singapore as a front office. Other sectors have also welcomed investments to Iskandar, such as healthcare, finance, tourism, education and more. Over RM150 billion in investment commitments were made in Iskandar by 2015, with more slated to come.

“The two biggest catalysts, however, are the High Speed Rail (HSR) and the Johor Bahru Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS), which will remove the connectivity bottlenecks. The biggest beneficiaries will be Iskandar, followed by Singapore and then Kuala Lumpur, as people movement will improve, and so will trade and commerce. Investors looking at Iskandar Malaysia are basically looking at this, which is a permanent positive to the region,” shared Ryan Khoo, Director at Alpha Marketing, a real estate research and investment consultancy that specialises in the Singapore and Malaysia markets with a particular emphasis on Iskandar Malaysia.

YY Lau, Country Head of JLL Malaysia), also agrees that there are many opportunities to be sought in both Iskandar and Malacca, thanks to the upcoming HSR. “The potential capital appreciation arising from the proposed HSR that will traverse past Malacca to Iskandar is also another factor that has attracted foreign investor interest in these two states,” she said.

While some might be sceptical about Iskandar’s future, experts say it is well on track to achieving what it set out in 2006 – to turn South Johor into a flourishing economic zone with three million people, 1.46 million jobs, and a GDP of US$93.3 billion by 2025.

An Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) spokesman said the area’s population has increased by 39 percent, from 1,297,000 in 2008 to 1,805,000 in 2013, and is well on its way to hitting the three million target by 2025.

Furthermore, the project has achieved around half of its goal of attracting RM383 billion of investments, driven by the manufacturing sector which accounts for about RM52.10 billion of committed investments to date. This translates into steady demand for industrial space.

Looking ahead, experts foresee foreign buyers continuing to invest in Iskandar properties, propelled by affordable prices, improved infrastructure and the enhancement of connectivity.

“In the short term, this is likely the Chinese who are looking for alternative investments overseas, attracted by the low prices, proximity to Singapore, as well as the confidence given by Chinese developer presence in Iskandar. In the medium- to longterm, we foresee Singaporean buyers returning because once the HSR and RTS connectivity links are in place, travelling time will no longer be an issue, and the Singapore economic spillover effect can occur. This could be in the form of Singaporeans buying a weekend home or retirement home in Iskandar. That said, a large portion of demand might also come from Malaysians working in Singapore – as buying properties in Singapore is relatively expensive, furthermore, they do not enjoy government subsidies,” Khoo said.

Adding to this, the Sultan of Johor was quoted as saying in a recent interview, “Once the links are in place, it will become the norm for Singaporeans to live in Johor and work in Singapore. That is the future.”

Why invest in Iskandar?

Top performing economic corridor in Malaysia

“Due to its proximity to Singapore, Iskandar Malaysia is the most successful out of the five economic corridors in Malaysia. Latest figures from Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) show that Singapore is the top foreign investor followed by China, the US, Spain and Japan. The total cumulative investment from 2006 to October 2015 is now RM78.53 billion, with the manufacturing sector leading the way at RM50.82 billion,” said Khalil Adis, Founder of property consultancy firm Khalil Adis Consultancy, and a best-selling co-author of Get It Right, Iskandar – the first book ever written on investing in Iskandar Malaysia.

Top 5 Countries for Medical Tourism

Top 5 Countries for Medical Tourism

Medical tourism is becoming a burgeoning industry, with countries in Europe, Asia, and South America all finding large success with offering medical care to people from other countries. Some look for care outside their native home because of cost, while other medical tourists are immigrants who return to their home country for care.

Additionally, many of these countries offer more than simply medical care; they bundle the experience with other comforts, including interesting tourism opportunities and spa-like amenities.

According to Patients Beyond Borders, approximately 900,000 Americans went outside the U.S. to find medical treatment last year and the number has been rising consistently over the last decade. But medical tourism is not limited to America. Patients Beyond Borders details that nearly 8 million patients from around the world seek overseas treatment contributing to a global industry valued at somewhere between $20 billion and $40 billion.

Expatriates who are not overseas with a large multinational company often lack the resources of a large company when it comes to supporting healthcare, so it only makes sense that they seek other options.

The most common procedures that people undergo on medical tourism trips include cosmetic surgery, dentistry (general, restorative, cosmetic), and heart surgery. Other health care services that register large include orthopedics (joint and spine; sports medicine); cancer (often high-acuity or last resort); reproductive (fertility, IVF, women’s health); weight loss (LAP-BAND, gastric bypass); scans, tests, health screenings and second opinions.

Here’s a look at five popular medical tourism destinations:

1. Malaysia

With more than half a million medical tourists coming to the country each year, Malaysia ranks as one of the most health care-friendly spots for those looking to find help outside of their home country. Americans are attracted to the country’s large English-speaking population and strong infrastructure.

Malaysia’s medical tourism industry beefed up as a way to diversify its economy during the Asian financial crisis.

medical tourism in Malaysia Malaysian hospitals are known for being big players in vitro fertilization at a price that’s 20 percent less than many other western facilities. Physicals and blood work that might cost upwards of thousands of dollars in the U.S. are also substantially cheaper. Malaysia’s hospitals are also known for their sophisticated treatment for burn victims. In fact, Prince Court Medical Center in Kuala Lumpur was ranked as the number-one hospital for “patients without borders” by the Medical Travel Quality Alliance.

2. India

A recent report from Deloitte forecasts that India’s medical tourism market will grow to nearly $4 billion, doubling what it was just three years ago. According to Patients Beyond Borders, of the 250,000 international patients, the majority head to cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi.

medical tourism in Hyderabad IndiaOne of the reasons for such a strong growth is that a number of patients are coming from surrounding countries that offer far less developed health care, such as Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Many people from other regions such as Africa, the Middle East, Canada and the U.S. are finding the cost savings too hard to pass up in India. For example, the Medical Tourism Resource Guide shows a heart valve costs about $15,000 in India, versus $150,000 in the U.S.

Popular treatments in India consist of those for fertility, orthopedic, cardiac and oncology problems and organ transplants.

3. Turkey

The beautiful lands of Turkey are a welcoming spot for American-trained doctors, who have helped the country become one of the favorite destinations of patients from Europe and the U.S.
The top procedures here include cardiac, cancer and orthopedic care. The country has also established itself as one of the leading places in the world for eye treatments — especially laser surgery, which costs approximately $1,100 for both eyes.

medical tourism in TurkeyTurkey’s Dünyagöz Hospitals Group runs several eye centers in the country and is a popular choice for foreign patients, with nearly 30,000 medical tourists from 100 countries coming by.

4. Brazil

For people looking for a cheap option for cosmetic surgery, Brazil is one of the top destinations in the world.

According to Patients Beyond Borders, approximately 200,000 foreign travelers went to Brazil last year for cosmetic procedures. The cost savings is extreme, with prices about 30-50 percent below what American doctors would charge for treatment.

medical tourism in BrazilBrazil has long been known for its Ivo Pitanguy Clinic in Rio de Janeiro, which has performed probably more cosmetic surgery operations than any other place in the world.

5. Thailand

Another country known for its cosmetic surgery is Thailand, where for 20 years, Bangkok’s Bumrungrad International Hospital has been treating foreign patients. According to Patients Beyond Borders, up to 1.2 million patients came to the clinic last year alone.

medical tourism in BangkokBumrungrad International employs more than 900 physicians across 55 specialties and treats more than 1,000 international patients every day. According to The Medical Tourism Research Guide, more than 30,000 Americans visit the country each year for medical treatments.

Of course, these are just some of the countries that are popular destinations for medical tourism. In addition, Mexico, Jordan, and Colombia are also common for medical tourism as millions of patients travel overseas in search of medical care.

Finally, be sure wherever you are going is JCI (Joint Commission International) approved, which identifies, measures, and shares best practices in quality and patient safety with the world. The Joint Commission launched its international accreditation program in 1999 in response to increased interest in accreditation and quality improvement worldwide. Its standards are based on international consensus standards and set uniform, achievable expectations for structures, processes and outcomes for hospitals.

JCI accreditation can help international health tourism organizations, public health agencies, health ministries and others evaluate, improve and demonstrate the quality of patient care in their nations.

Now, if you do plan to travel to another country for health care, be sure to visit a travel medicine practitioner at least a month before making the trip to discuss specific risks related to the procedure and travel before for a consultation and after the procedure for any follow-up.

Why Medical Tourism is good for India

Medical Tourism will not only help patients in cost saving and getting quality treatment but also other people who are directly or indirectly related to the Industry

1)Medical Tourism Companies/Tour operators will get more enquiries

2)Airline Companies will directly benefit if there is a growth in Industry

3)Hotels demand will also increase in and around the hospital area

4)Wellness Centers for post operative care

All these will add to Foreign Exchange Earnings of India.