Private Hospitals in Singapore for Your Every Need

Private Hospitals in Singapore for Your Every Need

Singapore has an excellent healthcare system that takes into consideration the needs of both its local citizens and international patients. At the time of writing this article, there are about eight private hospitals and medical centers total in Singapore. 

Private hospitals are run independently as companies or owned by larger healthcare corporations. They are free to set their own prices for services but are still regulated by the government to ensure healthcare needs are accessible to everyone. In addition to private hospitals, there are numerous private clinics and polyclinics providing non-emergency outpatient services. 

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Key Takeaways

  • While Singapore has a great public healthcare system, expats aren’t eligible for public health coverage.
  • Because of this, it’s a good idea to go to a private hospital where you can get treatment at a similar price to that of a government hospital.
  • The top three private hospitals in Singapore are Gleneagles, Mount Elizabeth Orchard, and Mount Elizabeth Novena.
  • If you need cancer treatment, consider Parkway Cancer Center or Farrer Park.
  • For OBGYN and pediatric services, consider Parkway East, Mount Alvernia, or Thomson Medical Center.
  • The national ambulance service is available for free, and it will take you to the nearest hospital in an emergency. If you want to choose which hospital you go to, you can use a private ambulance service for a fee, starting at $90.

Cost vs Quality of Care at Singapore Hospitals 

While it is common for private hospitals and clinics to have a higher price range than public alternatives, the difference is clear in speed, service, comfort, and convenience. 

Private hospitals are usually smaller, with fewer daily patient numbers; therefore, private patients tend to have a more pleasant and comfortable experience. In addition, patients are usually admitted within an hour as private medical facilities allow for appointments.

On the other hand, public hospitals run entirely on a first-come, first-served basis, and you could be stuck in the waiting room for many hours. 

Medical Care Options 

Overall, Singapore’s healthcare system is excellent, and you have a wealth of options available; however, public coverage is only for those with Singapore citizenship or a permanent resident card, so we do implore you to have good medical insurance when you move to Singapore. 

The majority of private facilities are managed by the following three groups: 

  • Raffles Medical Group: Raffles Hospital, Raffles Medical Clinics
  • Parkway Holdings: Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, Gleneagles, Parkway East Hospital 
  • Healthway Medical Corporation: All 53 Healthway Medical family centers throughout Singapore 

The following are the eight private hospitals currently in Singapore. Although all of the hospitals can handle all basic medical services and needs, some have primary specialties and are better than others depending on your condition.

Top Three Private Hospitals in Singapore 

The following three hospitals are the largest and top private hospitals in Singapore offering various specializations from cardiology, oncology, neuroscience, and tertiary services. 

All three are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), which is an organization that certifies and verifies the safety and quality standard of healthcare providers around the world.

Gleneagles Hospital

Gleneagles Hospital Singapore is one of the best hospitals in Asia with the newest medical technologies and state-of-the-art facilities. They have their own dedicated land and air ambulance services with close affiliations to top hospitals around Asia. 

Gleneagles specialties include:

  • Gastroenterology – anything related to the stomach, intestines or digestive system.
  • Liver Transplant – they’ve won the Transplant Service Provider in Asia Pacific for two consecutive years.
  • Cardiology –  they have a complete team of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons for both adult and pediatric needs.
  • Orthopedic & Sports Medicine – they have over 50 orthopedic and sports medicine physicians experienced in treating sports and bone conditions affecting the shoulder, hand, back, spine, knee, foot, and ankle. 

The cost of a specialist’s consultation varies depending on the medical condition and seniority of the doctor. While public hospitals like Changi General Hospital charge between SGD $100 and $150 for non-residents, Gleneagles charges between SGD $150 and $300 for a general consultation. You can use Gleneagles’ online hospital bill estimator to determine how much you might pay before your visit.

If you have any difficulty booking appointments or finding a specialist, Gleneagles Singapore provides a one-stop service for international patients through their Gleneagles Patient Assistance Center (GPAC). This multi-lingual and dedicated team can provide advice on treatments and estimated costs for procedures, as well as arrange all visa applications, doctor appointments, and hotel bookings.

Mount Elizabeth Orchard 

Mount Elizabeth Hospital Orchard, also known as Mount E, is the largest and most popular private hospital in Singapore. While there are two locations, this one is on Orchard road—Singapore’s iconic shopping and hotel district. 

Mount Elizabeth has over 1000 medical specialist physicians and surgeons listed in their directory. However, they are known for their cardiology (heart) and neurology (brain) departments and have won the Cardiology and Neurology Service Provider of the Year 2019 awards. They also state to have the most cardiologists and neurologists in the Asia Pacific region. 

While most private hospitals only have single rooms, Mount Elizabeth offers four-bed and two-bed wards (rooms), which is equivalent to a public hospital ward type A (1-2 beds) and B1 (4 beds). 

Without insurance, the daily average cost for a four-bed room at Mount Elizabeth is approximately SGD $298, while the cost for a room at Singapore General Public Hospital is currently SGD $312.07 per day for a five-bed room. So, you’re actually saving money and gaining more space at Mount Elizabeth.

Because of its location, a downside of visiting Mount E is the limited number of parking spaces and expensive hourly parking fees. It is also much busier than some other private hospitals on the list, given its popularity and wide range of services. However, you can always pop over to Paragon or Ngee Ann City for some shopping and dining to kill time. 

Mount Elizabeth Novena

Mount Elizabeth Novena is the newer and more modern addition to the Mount Elizabeth Hospital group. It opened in July 2012 as the most expensive private hospital to be built in Singapore in the last 30 years. 


They boast to be the “Hospital of the Future” with award-winning eco-friendly features, premium accommodations, and cutting-edge technology. They have hybrid operating rooms that can do minimally invasive procedures to reduce pain and have shorter recovery times. 

Mount Elizabeth Novena has more than 250 specialist physician suites offering a wide range of services, including rehabilitation therapy such as physical therapy and speech therapy. However, similar to the other Orchard location, Mount Elizabeth Novena specializes in heart and vascular disease treatments and surgical procedures. 

They were one of the first private hospitals in Singapore to perform a successful left ventricular assist device (LVAD) procedure, which is inserting a mechanical device to help the heart pump blood efficiently. 

Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital
Lobby of Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Singapore

When you enter Mount Elizabeth, you could easily mistake the inviting space for a hotel lobby with rooms equipped with everything you’ll need for a perfect staycation. They provide high-quality bath amenities, a complimentary minibar, and even butler service for deluxe and suite-type rooms. The meals are also cooked by world-class chefs, from lobster dinners to specialized postnatal meals also known as confinement meals for mothers after childbirth.  

You’ll have to pay for this type of luxury, though, as a standard single room starts at SGD $899 a day, while the most expensive room, the regal suite, starts at $9,990 per day.

Most Integrated and Comprehensive: Raffles

Raffles Hospital Singapore is a JCI-accredited, 380-bed hospital located in the heart of the city in Bugis. It is the flagship location of the Raffles Medical Group, which operates medical facilities, clinics, and pharmacies all around Asia. 

It has a fully integrated healthcare system, making it faster for patients to get appointments and allowing doctors access to patient records across departments so they can provide better diagnoses. For example, if your primary care doctor doesn’t have access to your dental records or ultrasound scans, early detection of health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or osteoporosis can fail to occur in some cases. 

This is possible because Raffles Medical has over 40 specialist clinics around the city offering a variety of outpatient services, such as general practitioner (GP) consultations, family medicine services, health screenings, dental, women’s health, and more. 

A full list of services and locations are available here. Patients can visit any of the clinic locations to conduct non-emergency services and that data is centralized and shared among all departments.

The Raffles clinics are a great choice if you want to perform a regular health checkup. Their classic health screening package is priced at SGD$136.03 and includes clinical measurements, urinalysis, visual acuity, and more. You can also add on additional tests if you have specific health concerns. Since health screenings are typically unsubsidized, screening packages are sometimes equal or cheaper at private clinics and hospitals compared to public hospitals.  

Raffles Hospital isn’t really known for any specific specialty but offers a wide range of medical services and 26 specialist centers, from the notable Raffles Cancer Center to a Traditional Chinese Medicine center for holistic needs. They have multilingual staff fluent in English, Chinese, Arabic, and on-site translators for further assistance.

Further, Raffles Medical launched its own Integrated Shield Insurance Plan in 2018 called Raffles Shield, offering competitive premiums and additional benefits, such as access to private hospital wards in Raffles Hospital. There are plenty of health insurance options in Singapore available to expats. You can easily look around to find coverage suitable for your needs and budget. 

Best for Cancer Treatment 

While the four hospitals mentioned above have excellent oncology/cancer departments, the following are specialized private cancer centers in Singapore.

Parkway Cancer Center

The Parkway Cancer Center (PCC) is the leading private cancer center in Singapore. It operates within Mount Elizabeth Orchard, Mount Elizabeth Novena, and Gleneagles Hospital. They won the Oncology Service Provider of the Year 2017 for the Asia Pacific region.

As a renowned cancer center, they have the latest radiological and imaging facilities, including PET scans, MRIs, and CT scans. Aside from its excellent team of oncologists, PCC also has a palliative medicine clinic, dietician clinic, and counseling services to support cancer patients. 

The price of cancer treatment varies widely and is greatly influenced by the stage and kind of cancer a patient has. Most cancer treatments begin with a biopsy, in which a sample of the cancerous cells is removed for analysis, and depending on the stage, either surgery or chemotherapy may be required next. 

Compared to public hospitals, where the average price for an unsubsidized cancer biopsy is SGD $2,200, Parkway is estimated to cost around SGD$6,000. Private hospitals and clinics typically charge two to five times more for cancer services and treatments.

Farrer Park

Farrer Park Hospital (FPH) is a technologically advanced hospital that opened in 2016. They state that technology is “woven into every facet of treatment and patience experience” from doctors getting real-time updates of patient’s test results to having special bath benches with cutouts so patients can wash themselves while seated. 

Farrer Park Hospital
Private Ward at Farrer Park Hospital, Singapore.  

FPH has done remarkable things in the cancer sector, specifically for prostate health. In 2020, the FPH Cancer Center was awarded the Asia Pacific Service Provider of the Year Award for Prostate Care for using an advanced, minimally invasive treatment to treat benign (non-cancerous) prostate enlargement called Prolieve®. 

They were also the first to try out the Lu177 PSMA Therapy® treatment, which can reduce tumor volume and stop cancer growth. Further, they have collaborated with other healthcare groups, both public and private, to help provide fertility preservation services for female cancer patients. 

FPH is uniquely yet conveniently located directly above Farrer Park MRT within the Connexion Building that houses their five-star hotel, the One Farrer Hotel. There’s also a variety of quality food and beverage options, a lavish spa, gardens, and a small art gallery. 

In-patient room costs at Farrer Park range from SGD$276 overnight for a shared room and go up to SGD$1,560 for a suite.

Best for OBGYN and Pediatrics Services

Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN) deals with some of the most important health issues in a woman’s life, including birth control, pregnancy, and childbirth. If you are thinking about giving birth in Singapore, you will have some of the best care and support in the world.  

Parkway East

Parkway East Hospital is one of the oldest hospitals and was previously known as East Shore Hospital. It started off as a maternity hospital back in 1942 but gradually became a full medical center offering a range of specialist services. It holds about half the capacity of Mount Elizabeth or Raffles Hospital, with 143 beds. 

While their OBGYN department has a good reputation, their Pediatrics department is highly reputable because of their excellent doctors, namely Dr. Lim Xue Yan. She specializes in general pediatrics, which includes newborn screening, developmental assessment, and treating common pediatric conditions like asthma. 

Dr. Lim has been awarded the Nestlé Gold Medal in Pediatrics and a recognized as a member of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health. Only a handful of pediatrics in Singapore hold these honors. 

Prices at Parkway East start at SGD $261 a night for a four-bed room to $1,008 for a suite.

Mount Alvernia 

Mount Alvernia Hospital is the only non-profit private hospital in Singapore providing healthcare services based on Christian and Catholic values. Therefore, they are the only hospital in Singapore to offer Clinical Pastoral Care, meaning patients can request to speak to chaplains (pastors) or spiritual guides if they need additional emotional support. They also provide baby blessings for all races and religions. 

Mount Alvernia Hospital
Pastoral Care is available to everyone regardless of religion at Mount Alvernia Hospital, Singapore.

Over the last few years, it has become known for its maternity services because of the more affordable prices compared to other private hospitals. It also has a reputation for delivering smooth natural births and C-sections. 

You can book a virtual session with them to learn more about their maternity services and facilities. They have maternity packages based on delivery type (natural, assisted, C-section) and room type (Single, Deluxe, Family Suite), starting at SGD $346.62 per night for a double maternity room to $2,057.92 for a premium maternity suite. Maternity care can be quite expensive in Singapore, so it is highly advised to find maternity coverage when shopping for insurance plans if you are planning to have kids within a year or more. 

Thomson Medical Center

Thomson Medical Center is the largest private provider of healthcare services for women and children. They specialize in gynecology, fertility, pediatrics, and dermatology but are most well-known for their fertility (IVF) services. 

Thomson Fertility Center has the highest IVF success rate in Singapore at 80% for women under the age of 30. It has become a reliable choice for both local and international patients struggling with fertility. 

You can expect to pay around SGD $20,000-$25,000 for one full IVF cycle. If one person in the couple is a Singapore citizen, the government will offer a subsidy for your IVF treatment through the Marriage and Parenthood (MOH) Scheme at select hospitals. 

Medical Tourism

Singapore currently ranks second in the world after Canada in the Medical Tourism Index. Singapore’s private hospitals offer advanced medical services, first-class services and facilities, and internationally recognized specialist doctors. 

Although the costs are still relatively high compared to neighboring Southeast Asian countries, they are 60% less than the average medical procedures done in the West.  


While the majority of trips to the doctors are planned, there is the ever-present reality of dealing with unexpected emergencies. Singapore has a national ambulance service, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Ambulance Service, that can be called out day or night to respond to an emergency.

This service is free to everyone, locals and expats, provided it is genuinely an emergency (non-emergency call-outs are charged at SGD $274). The ambulance will take you to the nearest designated hospital to your location.

If you are cognisant enough in the midst of your emergency to decide you want to be taken to a specific hospital, then you’ll want to call out the Singapore Emergency Ambulance Service, a private service approved by the MOH (Ministry of Health).

This is a paid-for service with an escalating price tag from $90 for a straight-forward home-to-hospital pick up to thousands of dollars for an international repatriation, but the benefit is that it leaves you in control of which hospital you want to be delivered to.

Now, on to You

This is just a general overview of private hospitals in Singapore. As foreigners and non-resident expats, you are not eligible for Medisave and government subsidies, making the cost of using public hospitals almost similar to private hospitals in some cases. A lot of the costs can be covered by your insurance provider or employer, so be sure to check and compare which plan fits your needs best.  

If you are traveling to Singapore make sure you have good travel insurance to cover emergencies. If you are looking for work in Singapore, be sure to ask your prospective employers what is covered by the insurance they offer because the cost of living in Singapore is high enough without medical bill surprises popping up!

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Yanni is a freelance virtual assistant and copywriter with a side passion for developing food & snacks. She has been traveling to Asia since she was a kid and is currently residing in Thailand, where she enjoys taking occasional work-from-the-beach trips.
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