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Going deep: Patients Beyond Borders Singapore edition

by David Williams

Medical tourism author Josef Woodman is following up with a Singapore edition of Patients Beyond Borders,  just four months after the release of the original, groundbreaking book. (Listen to or read the transcript of my interview with Joe for more on the first book.)

According to the press release:

The 336-page guidebook features an in-depth overview of Singapore’s hospitals and clinics serving international patients, including detailed coverage of Centers of Excellence, specialties and super-specialties, patient liaison services, accommodation options, travel destinations and more.

The new book will be launched in Singapore in late July during the World Conference of Family Doctors. SingaporeMedicine and Mr. Woodman will hold a joint press conference on the 23rd of July, followed by a media tour of some of Singapore’s finest hospitals.

Singapore sets the gold standard for international medical travel, with at least 11 JCI-accredited hospitals, high standards of medical care and excellent patient service. Prices tend to be higher than other places in Asia, but much lower than the in the US.

At the 4th WHCC in Washington, I met Dr. Jason Yap, Director of Healthcare Services of the Singapore Tourism Board. He laid out Singapore’s medical tourism strategy, which I found to be particularly clever. The logic goes something like this:

  • Singapore aspires to have world-class health care for its citizens
  • With a population of under 5 million, the country lacks the minimum efficient scale required to support the various sub-specialties
  • By orienting itself to serve the global market, Singapore can achieve sufficient patient volumes to support sub-specialists, and can make it attractive for Sinagporean and other world-class physicians to work there
  • The strategy is supported by Singapore’s overall positioning as a modern, efficient, clean, technologically-advanced, orderly place with high customer service levels

I can’t wait to read the book, and I’m also hoping to join the media tour in Singapore next month. If I make it, I’ll have a lot more to write about.


4 Comments »

  Taylor wrote @ June 27th, 2007 at 1:58 am

This business is going to explode!

  Jon wrote @ June 27th, 2007 at 2:17 am

Hi
If you can help me I would be delighted.
I get many enquiries from patients wanting to go to Singapore but I cannot find a resource of who is doing what and where and at what cost.
Jai Communications runs Bangkokstemcells specifically about adult stem cell therapy but we constantly get asked about medical, cosmetic and dental treatments in Singapore.
Thank you.
Jon

  Pawley wrote @ June 28th, 2007 at 4:14 pm

Jon,
You mentioned about Singapore for many medical tourism procedures. I am very familiar with the Parkway Group Healthcare in Singapore, a highly respected health care provider which includes Gleneagles and Mount Elisabeth Hospitals, some of the most sought-after patient destinations in the world. Parkway’s medical expertise is internationally recognized for its high standards and medical breakthroughs. They treat patients from around the world including all of Asia, the U.S., the United Kingdom, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and several other countries. Parkway’s International Patient Assistance Centre (IPAC) has extensive experience in coordinating medical and travel arrangements from any part of the globe. They can be found at www.parkwayhealth.com. Hope that helps.

  Josef Woodman wrote @ June 29th, 2007 at 1:17 am

Jon:

You might also try the SingaporeMedicine site

www.singaporemedicine.com

and go to the international patient service center listings

http://app.singaporemedicine.com/asp/hea/hea01.asp

That should bring up a list of hospitals (most of them JCI accredited) and their specialties.

Happy hunting.

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