Medical Tourism

PUBLIC HOSPITALS SHOULDN'T PROMOTE MEDICAL TOURISM @ S'POREANS EXPENSE

I refer to the article “Singapore tops for medical tourism, but rivals catching up quickly” It states that “According to data from a medical tourism index released last month, Singapore was ranked the most attractive among seven Asian countries in terms of “patient experience”, but was also one of the least attractive where costs were concerned.”

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SINGAPORE LOSING LUSTER AS TOURISM DESTINATION AS COST GETS HIGHER

According to data from a medical tourism index released last month, Singapore was ranked the most attractive among seven Asian countries in terms of "patient experience", but was also one of the least attractive where costs were concerned. In contrast, the attractiveness of patient experience in countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia has grown since 2015. Another advantage these countries have over Singapore is the relatively lower cost of their healthcare services.

This is very symptomatic of Singapore nowadays. We have always prided ourselves as the leader when it comes to many things in the Asia region. But, while the services factor still remain relatively high in reliability, the costs that have spiraled upwards means that Singapore is becoming too expensive for tourists to come. Could we finally see the day when Singapore is no longer the top choice for others in the region, when they are many other cheaper alternatives around us? Then we would be in trouble.

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FOREIGN MEDICAL TOURISTS FIND SINGAPORE TOO EXPENSIVE

Singapore is finding it harder to retain its title as the region's top medical tourism hub as patients eye cheaper options elsewhere while government support for the sector wanes, a new report has warned. It also noted that the challenges will only intensify as improved standards in neighbouring cities test the price premiums here, which are further exacerbated by a strong Singapore dollar.

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