Congratulations! You just recently found out that you are pregnant, but have you decided on an OB-GYN yet? Any clue about the costs of delivery? Admission? What about the support classes that they provide? Luckily, Singapore’s maternity care is one of the best in the world.
In Singapore, hospitals in both the private and public sectors are typically safe and reliable. Deciding between both is generally a matter of choice, as both systems deliver top-of-the-line medical care. The extremely low infant mortality rates in Singapore verify the high-quality of the medical-systems in place. This article will guide you through the advantages and disadvantages of both, and hopefully assist you in your decision-making process.
Why should I choose a public hospital?
The largest benefit of going public is the affordability factor. Costs are generally lower than those in private hospitals, as public hospitals are usually subsidized by the government. You will pay even less if you are a Singaporean citizen! Another advantage is that public hospitals are usually better equipped to deal with birth and delivery complications.
Sounds good, are there any set-backs?
Although public hospitals are cheaper, you can expect a lag in service. This includes longer waiting times and less comfortable amenities. Visitation hours are also quite restricted, so give your relatives a heads-up beforehand! Public hospitals do not process insurance claims, so you must handle the paperwork yourself.
Why should I choose a private hospital?
If ultimate luxury and comfort is what you are after, then chose a private hospital for your delivery-day. Expect shorter waiting times and a smoother administration and billing process. Relax in beautiful luxurious waiting areas and enjoy perks such as head-massages, cocktail parties and reserved parking spots. Sometimes, the difference in cost between private and public hospitals is not as large as you might think! If you have a comprehensive insurance policy, a private hospital is a no-brainer!
Too good to be true? What are the dis-advantages?
If you do not have health insurance, private hospitals come at a large cost factor! Bills quickly accumulate if you have to stay for an extra night or two. Private births are also lead by OB-GYN, which lowers the amount of midwife support. Another set-back for some small private hospitals is their inability to deal with difficult births or medical emergencies, which is where you would be transferred for medical assistance elsewhere.
I have a general idea of which sector to go for. What are the best hospital options out there?
Good question. We have compiled a list of 10 hospitals in Singapore with maternity service, including options from both public and private sectors.