Singapore is known for its' excellent quality of medical services

Singapore, which spends about 4 per cent of gross domestic product on health care, is building on its global reputation for high-quality health care, its government is promoting it as a regional center of excellence for general surgery and medicine, as well as cardiology, oncology and organ transplants.

Approximately 400,000 and 610,000 patients travel to Singapore for treatment with 70% arriving from nearby Indonesia.

21 hospitals and medical centres have also been awarded accreditation by American healthcare standards body, Joint Commission International (JCI).

The Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore was rated one of the world’s top-10 hospitals for medical tourism in 2016. It specialities include cardiology, gastroenterology, liver transplants and orthopaedics and it is owned by Parkway Hospital Group, which operates hospitals throughout Asia. An operation to remove damaged cartilage from inside the knee will cost between 10,563 and 13,097 Singapore dollars (USD$8,330-USD$10,329).

Singapore is now lagging behind Thailand and Malaysia for medical patients from Indonesia and the Middle East. According to the 2013 annual tourism statistics, medical receipts has seen a steady growth from 2009 to 2012 before dropping 25% year-on-year to S$832 million in 2013 from S$1.11 billion in 2012.

According to recently released data, 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.

New drugs for life-threatening conditions such as cancer are also approved for use in Singapore relatively quickly – a draw for well-heeled people living in countries like China where they are not yet available.