Why do I need an International Medical Insurance?
Are you an expatriate going on new life experience, living and working away from your home country? If you are, then an international health insurance plan is specifically designed for you. It’s perfect for people who are going to live abroad for a year or more and gives you the same quality of medical care as you’re used to no matter what country you’re in.
We talk to a lot of expats who think that travel insurance will have the same medical cover. It won’t. While travel medical plans do include some basic health coverage overseas, insurance policies like this are only designed for short term holidays when lost luggage and delayed flights take top priority. When it comes to protecting your health and avoiding the hassle of medical expenses, the best long-term solution is going for a private medical insurance plan with worldwide coverage.
Now Health International makes it fast and simple for you to get the right health cover, whether you want the basic health care plan or all the bells and whistles.
International Health Insurance for Expats in Singapore
Whether you’re relocating to Singapore permanently or just looking for a new international health insurance provider, it’s important to be fully up to date on what’s available in terms of health insurance provision, but also in terms of the healthcare system and facilities of the area.
With an estimated population of 4,737,000, life expectancies of men and women at 79 and 84 respectively, and one of the lowest rates of infant mortality in the world, Singapore’s healthcare system ranks 6th globally, according to the World Health Report in 2000. Covering you and your family with international health insurance will mean you receive some of this high-quality care, if and when you need it.
Healthcare facilities in Singapore
Singapore has a universal healthcare infrastructure comprised of both public and private, where the government maintains the affordability of the services. This is mainly done through mandatory savings and price controls, while the private sector provides the majority of care.
According to the Singapore Ministry of Health, there are seven public hospitals comprised of five general hospitals, a women's hospital, a children's hospital, and a psychiatry hospital. The general hospitals provide multi-disciplinary acute inpatient and specialist outpatient care as well as a 24-hour emergency department. The Singapore General Hospital is the biggest and most established hospital in Singapore but the Tan Tock Seng Hospital actually has the busiest A&E or Emergency Room section due to it’s a centralized location.
Singapore’s centers of medical excellence are the Singapore General Hospital which is the biggest and most established hospital in Singapore, and also the Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
As with healthcare, dental care in Singapore starts at home with preventative measures which are encouraged by the Government. In 2004, the Singapore Ministry of Health created a Dental Specialists Register and as of 2008, they set up the Dental Specialists Accreditation Board (DSAB) to manage the criteria for dental specialist registration. This has improved the general level of dentistry and guards the public by only allowing dentists who are correctly qualified to operate as specialists in a specific discipline.
Singapore’s emergency services are reliable, prompt and efficient. Police answer calls within 10 seconds and aims to arrive at the scene within 15 minutes. The ambulance service assures it will be at the scene within 20 minutes.
Before you go
Recommended vaccinations against Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B and you will need a certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever if you’re arriving from an infected area.
Visit our Singapore Expat Guide for more information.
Get a quote for one of our WorldCare plans for your cover of international health insurance for Singapore. You can access treatment anywhere in the world, buy on the web, get covered instantly and manage your plan through your own personal and secure online area, so it’s quick and convenient.