More foreigners are coming to Singapore to seek medical treatment. In 2006, some 400,000 came for treatments such as health screenings and the numbers are rising.
Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said there’s been a steady increase of 15 to 20 per cent every year. This is due to the trust foreigners have in the Singapore’s medical system and the latest technology available here.
Many from as far as Russia also come to Singapore for eye surgeries and cancer treatment.
STB said this will help boost the technical skills and experience of doctors here as well as lower the operating costs of the advanced medical equipment.
More are also choosing private hospitals such as those managed by Parkway Health which attend to about 60 per cent of international patients. Doctors said this will only help them improve their skills and at the same time benefit the wider population of Singapore.