Americans going to Singapore for treatment

An American medical tourism company expects to send up to 20 patients a month to Singapore next year.

PlanetHospital, a medical tourism company set up in 2002, sends more than 3000 patients a year overseas. So far, the company has sent about 30 patients there, as Singapore gains popularity as a medical destination. It has set up an office there.

Geoff Moss comments, “Singapore’s value proposition is medical innovation, especially stem cells; plus there are state-of-the-art doctors and facilities.” Patients go there for a range of treatments, including knee-replacement surgery, treatment for cancer and heart problems, and treatment for obesity.

Suzzane Rakow recently had a tumour removed at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, after being diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. PlanetHospital put her in touch with private surgeon Dr Hong Ga Sze.The treatment would have cost her $100,000 in the US. Her Singapore trip, including travel and accommodation and treatment costs came to $30,000.

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