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Healthcare : singapore vs australia

Postby verizon » Wed, 08 Oct 2008 6:40 am

hi,
im a malaysian currently residing in melbourne, australia. Recently i just been diagnosed with a tumor in my jaw that needs immediate attention. im thinkin of having the operation done in singapore as the rehabilation period seems long _ 6mths at least. and i dun have any family support in aus. My parents n brothers live in singapore so at least i can get around easily. Does anyone here think i should have the surgery in australia instead? hows does the medical standard in spore compared to australia? price is a moot comparsion as a large % of the cost for this specific procedure is for dental implants after the surgery and australia medicare doesnt cover dental. :( :( So australia or singapore? Thanks guys.

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Postby jrjrg » Wed, 08 Oct 2008 9:58 am

Not much difference; you are not comparing 1st and 3rd world.

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Postby feline.eyes » Wed, 08 Oct 2008 10:48 am

I think comparing in terms of price, I think you would do much better in Singapore as healthcare is exorbitant in Australia (both for drugs and surgery costs).

Since you have been living there for sometime, I wonder if you do follow the news closely. Australia healthcare is in a pretty dire state according to most reports I have seen. Hospitals are understaffed and the ones working are overworked. It has been reported that in 4 out of 10 hospital cases, mistakes were made.

All these were in the news; google for more if you want to read these articles yourself. Check out SMH, The Age and The Canberra Times archives.
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Postby sierra2469alpha » Wed, 08 Oct 2008 3:07 pm

Verizon - my two bobs worth - not sure if it is helpful or not:

1. Would you have a visa issue if you need to stay in Singapore for your recovery?
2. What about health insurance? If you have some form, then that would be a considering point?
3. Remember that many drugs in AUS are covered under the PBS, whereas I am not sure of the situation here in SIN. This may be a cost factor to consider.

Good luck with an obviously difficult time for you.

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Re: Healthcare : singapore vs australia

Postby gf » Thu, 09 Oct 2008 12:58 pm

verizon wrote:hi,
im a malaysian currently residing in melbourne, australia. Recently i just been diagnosed with a tumor in my jaw that needs immediate attention. im thinkin of having the operation done in singapore as the rehabilation period seems long _ 6mths at least. and i dun have any family support in aus. My parents n brothers live in singapore so at least i can get around easily. Does anyone here think i should have the surgery in australia instead? hows does the medical standard in spore compared to australia? price is a moot comparsion as a large % of the cost for this specific procedure is for dental implants after the surgery and australia medicare doesnt cover dental. :( :( So australia or singapore? Thanks guys.


Just to add, are any of your parents singaporeans? You can use your parent's medisave to cover the costs of the surgery in singapore if thats the case.
I do believe that for the surgery and dental implants, the costs in singapore and australia are comparable. Its a matter of convenience and whether u have insurance etc.
take care and hope u get better.


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