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dental work

Postby hornedfrog » Fri, 01 Feb 2008 3:13 am

How does the healthcare system work in Singapore? I live in the US where the cost of medical or dental services is "marked up" because of insurance. I have a significant amount of dental work that needs done, but my insurance (in the US) won't pay for all of it. I am trying to decide if it is best to pay for some of this work out of pocket or wait to have some of the work done in Singapore. I'll be working for a Singaporean company, and I will have "medical benefits," (but what this exactly means, I'm not sure and so far I have found all of the company info on this to be highly confusing). Has anyone on this group had any dental work done recently? If so, how much was it to fill one cavity? How much for one crown?

Any info would be greatly appreciated. (PS- I'm moving to Sing in June.)

Thanks!

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Re: dental work

Postby gf » Fri, 01 Feb 2008 3:33 pm

hornedfrog wrote:How does the healthcare system work in Singapore? I live in the US where the cost of medical or dental services is "marked up" because of insurance. I have a significant amount of dental work that needs done, but my insurance (in the US) won't pay for all of it. I am trying to decide if it is best to pay for some of this work out of pocket or wait to have some of the work done in Singapore. I'll be working for a Singaporean company, and I will have "medical benefits," (but what this exactly means, I'm not sure and so far I have found all of the company info on this to be highly confusing). Has anyone on this group had any dental work done recently? If so, how much was it to fill one cavity? How much for one crown?

Any info would be greatly appreciated. (PS- I'm moving to Sing in June.)

Thanks!

hi there! i am a dental surgeon and may be able to answer some of your questions.
the medical and dental prices here are not "marked up" as you mentioned. However, there is a free competition act which basically results in a wide range of prices available. You can shop around to choose a place where you're comfortable with or to see a doctor whom u feel will be able to handle your treatment well.
the prices for a cavity ranges widely, depending on where you go, what material used to fill the cavity and the size of the cavity.
a small cavity can range from around $40 to over $150.
similarly the prices for a crown varies depending on the type of material used and which tooth. the front teeth may cost more if you need to use a very aesthetic material to make it look very nice and realistic.
generally the average price for a porcelain fused to metal kind of crown is around 500-600 SGD.
However, for some crowns in the front where its important to create very nice aesthetics to make the tooth realistic, the prices can cost around 900-1000 SGD.
hope this answers your queries.
feel free to clarify if you have any more doubts and hope you enjoy Singapore when you come over in June!

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Postby hornedfrog » Fri, 01 Feb 2008 10:58 pm

This is very helpful. Thanks!


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