More American citizens now travel to Singapore not just for leisurely travel but to receive healthcare as well. PlanetHospital, a medical tourism company established in 2002, expects to be able to send up to 20 patients to Singapore every month in 2010. At the moment, PlanetHospital has already sent 20 patients to Singapore.
Singapore is among the top medical tourism destinations in Asia. It continues to rise in popularity in the medical tourism industry. The country is visited by about 40,000 medical tourists every year. Singapore aims to get as much as 1 million patients to travel annually to by 2012.
PlanetHospital has works on sending about 3,000 patients overseas every year to receive top-notch medical services from overseas hospitals. According to the company’s director for public relations and marketing Geoff Moss, the company has experienced a 200% growth in business compared to last year’s figures.
Patients visit Singapore for a wide range of health care services. Patients travel to the country because of the state-of-the-art facilities of the hospitals in the country as well as the medical innovations that are performed in the country (e.g. stem cell surgery). Many patients travel to Singapore for treatments of heart ailments, cancer, obesity and surgeries such as knee-replacement surgery.
Patients that go to Singapore to receive medical treatments are usually those with no medical insurance; they usually pay out of their own pockets and by traveling to Singapore, they can save as much as 70% and that already includes the traveling and accommodation expenses in Singapore.