All about Doctors in Singapore

Doctors are considered heroes. They cure sickness. They stop diseases from spreading. They prevent illnesses from getting worse. They relieve pain. They fix problems. They help people in need. They are the ones we run to when we need help regarding emergency cases or cases which involve our health and our whole body. Good thing we have a lot of doctors around the world and we all probably have that one doctor whom we trust and always consult. However, there are some cases wherein we have to migrate or transfer to a new place which means that we have to find another doctor for our health needs.

In cases where we have to find a new doctor, we must consider some tips or reminders. Kathleen Siddell will tell us all about it through her article below.

How to Find a Doctor in Singapore for You and Your Family

Many expats find their expectations of their first doctor’s visit in Singapore don’t match reality. “We tend to go to whatever doctor is close to the office or home and hope for the best,” says Caroline Clark, a talent recruiter who’s originally from the U.K. Neither Caroline nor her expat friends have found a reliable general practitioner (GP) yet.  

It’s no wonder. While Singapore’s healthcare infrastructure is ranked sixth globally, according to a 2011 World Health Organization report, the system – which includes 20 private and public hospitals – can be overwhelming to navigate. Start here. AcuMed Clinics are located all around Singapore, even those who live in the north can access its services at the Woodlands Clinic.

Ask Around                                                          

The list of doctors covered under your insurance can be lengthy, so ask friends for recommendations. Also visit online forums, such as Singapore Expats, Expat Singapore or Facebook groups. “Referrals for specialists have been really useful,” Caroline says of the groups. But read comments carefully. What may not work for one person may be exactly what you like. Read more here.

                In finding a new doctor, we really have to ask other people for recommendations because they are the ones who have already tried the services. We have to ask all that needs to be asked in order to avoid misunderstandings and unmet expectations. During emergency cases we always have to have contacts for medical concerns.

Dr. Tan Kok Kuan will help us with this. Let us read below.

How to go about seeing a doctor in Singapore

I decided to write this piece to help the uninitiated navigate their way through the Singapore medical system.

On the whole, it is extremely convenient to see a doctor in Singapore. Most Family Physicians or GPs operate walk in clinics. Most specialists require an appointment but they would also accept walk in patients if their clinics are not too busy.

So let’s get started,

You have just moved into your brand new apartment in Singapore, happily unpacking your stuff when Oh My God all of a sudden your child falls and hurts his arm. Read more here.

Great! We now know who to contact in case of emergencies. It is always better to be prepared. The numbers listed above are the ones you can contact when you are in Singapore. Thanks to all these doctors who are always available when we need them.

On a different topic, let us try to know more about our doctors. Many people assume different things about our doctors. So Dr. Ethan will reveal to us 10 myths about doctors in Singapore.

10 Myths about Doctors In Singapore

We gathered most of these misconceptions after exchanges with friends, relatives, and taxi uncles. Read on to find out 10 other popular myths about doctors in Singapore.

  1. Doctors in Singapore earn $10,000

I thought I should get this one out there first, just because of how many taxi drivers and friends I have who believe this.

As a doctor in a public hospital, a Medical Officer’s take home pay is approximately $4000 – $5000, and this will last for as long as you decide not to specialise. I know of friends who’ve been doctors for 8+ years earning this same amount.

Even if you take the fastest route to becoming a specialist, it takes a minimum of 10 years to earn $10,000:

1 year as a House Officer: $3000
3 years as a Medical Officer: $4000 – $5000 (variable depending on number of calls)
4 years as a Registrar: $6000 – $7000
2 years as an Associate Consultant: $9000
Consultant: $10,000 +
Read more here.

            Now we know. Our doctors are not who we think they are.

To conclude everything, choosing a doctor must really be given a lot of thought. We have to know everything about them and their service. If you are not satisfied with their service, it is always okay to choose another doctor. It is our life and health at risk that is why we should really be careful in choosing one. We also have to have extra numbers for emergencies just in case our doctor is not available. Remember that it always good to be prepared. We do not want to be regretting in the end.