This tiny island nation just off the coast of Malaysia has become one of the hottest medical tourism destinations in the world. The labor pool is still fairly cheap, and the country is notoriously spotless and well organized. What more could a patient want?
The small state of Singapore is well-known for its stringent laws and regulations particularly in the areas involving cleanliness. These regulations are carried over to Singapore's ultra-high quality levels in healthcare and world-class facilities, making it an ideal destination for medical travelers who are looking for modern infrastructure, a clean and structured environment, and an English-speaking populace.
Singapore's Healthcare System
The World Health Organization ranked Singapore as the 6th best health system in the world, much higher than the United States and Canada. These hospitals offer 'top-of-the-line' quality healthcare services and facilities. They are serviced by English-speaking and internationally trained medical practitioners and staff.
Singapore health facilities receive local accreditation from the Singapore Health Promotion Board, the Singapore Laboratory Accreditation System (SINGLAS), the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) and the Ministry of Health. Most of these hospitals are also accredited by top international regulation and standardization bodies.
Medical practitioners' standards and practices are regulated by the Singapore Medical Council, Singapore Nursing Board, Singapore Dental Board, Pharmacy Board and the Laboratory Board. The Health Sciences Authority and the Singapore Accreditation Council controls and regulates the certification of medical devices and other health products.
Singapore the Country
Singapore is an island country located in South East Asia off the tip of the Malay Peninsula. Singapore is made up of almost five million people and is the world's fourth leading financial centre in the world. The currency is the Singapore dollar. The port of Singapore is also one of the five busiest ports in the world (Kelly, 2010).
In an attempt to attract more tourists the Singapore government decided to legalize gambling in the country and open up two casinos within the country. Another way that Singapore brings in tourists is through medical tourism. The Singapore government is hoping to serve one million foreign patients annually by 2012 and to generate USD 3 billion in revenue (Dogra, 2005).
Malay is the national language of Singapore but Chinese, English, and Tamil are also official languages.
Buddhist 42.5%, Muslim 14.9%, Taoist 8.5%, Hindu 4%, Catholic 4.8%, Christian 9.8%, other 0.7%, none 14.8%
Since Singapore sits pretty much on the equator Singapore is constantly hot. There is little distinction between the seasons in Singapore but November to January are supposed to be the wettest months, while May to July are supposed to be the driest. There are not high or low tourism seasons in Singapore as festivals throughout the country run all year round.
Since Singapore is located pretty much on the equator it is essential to bring light, breathable clothing such as light cotton, linen, or silk. Nylon is too hot for Singapore. Singapore is a very fashionable but informal city, but it is important to dress appropriately in order to not disrespect the locals. It is also recommended to bring an umbrella as you never know when it will rain there, and a raincoat is too heavy.
When visiting Singapore the easiest thing to do is purchase a cell phone and a SIM card there. By doing this you will be able to take advantage of the low rates that the locals are paying which will help you to achieve large savings during your trip abroad.
While visiting Singapore accessing email is very simple to do. You must find an establishment that has internet service or wireless network.
Interesting Places to see in Singapore
Sentosa is a small island off the coast of Singapore that is a resort island. Sentosa has loads of activities to offer to its tourists. This island is accommodating for any kind of tourist as it has themed entertainment, a nature park, and a tropical resort all on one island. This small island has some of the best beaches that Singapore has to offer and attracts tourists yearly.
The Singapore Zoo is a must see when visiting Singapore. This zoo is known as one of the world’s most spectacular zoos. It houses 3600 mammals and uses an open zoo concept to separate society from the animals. This zoo has a very unique breeding program and has been able to witness the first birth of a polar bear in a tropical environment (Singapore Zoo, 2010).
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