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Diabetic Help?

Postby phild » Tue, 18 Sep 2007 3:55 pm

Can anyone give me some help? My office is looking to move me from UK to Singapore. I am an Insulin dependant Diabetic.

Does anyone know the procedure/cost of getting Insulin in Singapore?

Thanks

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Postby princessli » Tue, 18 Sep 2007 5:34 pm

Perhaps you could go to a polyclinic, they should be able to help you.
You can try calling +65 6458 2116 thats the number of the polyclinic, the cost should be reasonable as Singapore tries to ensure that health care is made affordable for the people.

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Postby Matney » Tue, 18 Sep 2007 6:44 pm

Make sure you have good health insurance. I felt medications were expensive here for an expat. What you need should be available, for a price. :wink:

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 18 Sep 2007 10:15 pm

While princessli makes a point, be advised that Singapore ONLY makes medical care affordable for it's citizens. Used to to so for PR's as well, but we are being systematically screwed over the past couple of years and it's going to get worse.

Matney makes the best point. Ensure you have a good Insurance Policy. If you currently have one that is covering you (which I kind of doubt as you are probably cover under the UK's Government fiasco). I'm not sure trying to purchase one will do you any good as most seem to have a codicil regarding existing conditions. But it's worth trying anyway. If you employer has group insurance that will cover you in Singapore grab it. Or better yet, ensure that they make it part of your perks package.

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Postby princessli » Wed, 19 Sep 2007 1:48 am

True, i have no basis of comparison from an expat's viewpoint. Most of my expat friends have no serious or chronic illnesses and the visit to the general practitioners are affordable and they have commented on the relatively good quality and affordability of medical in Singapore compared to that in their native countries but as i said they do not have serious or chronic illnesses. I just saw that even foreign workers like construction workers pay a pretty low price at polyclinics as well and assumed that it translated to affordable healthcare for those who really needed it. Especially considering the exchange rates.
Of course there are also doctors like those in Mount Elizabeth, Gleneagles who charge a premium and are frequented by expats and those who are more well to.
Hope that you are able to obtain the medical attention you require at a good rate, thats the most important thing. do take care and all the very best.


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