Insiders’ guide: Raffles Hospital

Raffles Hospital may not be as popular with foreign patients as the Parkway hospitals, but this is largely due to a more inward-focused business model. However, many of our clients find it noticeably cheaper, with a very high standard of care (JCI accredited).

Based on our client feedback, here are 3 reasons why they choose Raffles Hospital:

1. Group practice model

Raffles operates a group practice model where doctors are employees of the Hospital. This is unlike Parkway’s clinic model where doctors operate their own practice in privately owned clinics. The group practice model allows doctors to seamlessly take a collaborative approach to delivering care.

Most importantly, acting as a single cohesive organization allows Raffles’ doctors to be efficient in many areas, such as avoiding duplications, improving communication, fostering teamwork and adopting innovation.

2. Cost-effective private hospital

Raffles is not as expensive compared to other private hospitals within the city area. According to the Ministry of Health’s average bill sizes for 2014, Raffles hospital’s average bill size for medical and surgical procedures are lower than that of other private hospitals

Raffles Hospital - MOH average bill size comparison 2014

*Thomson is a women’s and children’s hospital

(Click here for statistics)

3. Low Cost Variance = no surprises

Since the cost of medical treatment at Raffles Hospital is broadly governed by a common fee schedule, prices are relatively standardized across doctors.

This is in contrast to other private hospitals, where prices vary greatly from clinic to clinic, because prices are charged at the discretion of the individual doctors and the hospital has little control over the amounts charged.

 

The following are some of the common conditions that we have referred our clients for:

  • Health screenings
  • Acromioclavicular joint dislocation
  • Chronic wrist pain
  • Degenerative spinal disc
  • Glaucoma and cataract surgery
  • Reproductive and urinary tract surgery
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Stomach and intestinal discorders
  • Senior-related illnesses

Raffles Hospital employs approximately 178 doctors. We have previously referred our clients to the following doctors at Raffles Hospital and feedback has been good:

 

Professor Walter Tan - Plastic Reconstructive Surgery

Professor (Dr) Walter Tan

Dr Tan is a Medical Director in Raffles Hospital. Previously he was Chief of Surgery and Head of Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. (More on Professor Tan)

 

Dr Steve Yang - Respiratory

Dr Steve Yang

Dr Yang is an international governor for the American College of Chest Physicians. He is also a teacher at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. (More on Dr Yang)

 

Dr Chong Yong Yeow - Rheumatology and Allergies

Dr Chong Yong Yeow

Dr Chong is a senior rheumatologist with special interest in allergies. Prior to his current appointment, he was director of SGH’s Allergy Clinic. (More on Dr Chong)

 

Dr Teo Sek Khee - Geriatrics and Rheumatology

Dr Teo Sek Khee

Dr Teo is a senior geriatrician and has a lot of experience in common elderly diseases such as memory disorder, incontinence and rheumatological diseases. (More on Dr Teo)

 

Dr Fong Yan Kit - Minimally Invasive Surgery and Prostate Cancer

Dr Fong Yan Kit

Dr Fong is an expert in minimally invasive surgeries for stone and prostate diseases. He also offers haematuria and prostate cancer screenings. (More on Dr Fong)

 

Dr Stanley Liew Choon Fong - Diabetes Thyriod Lipids Osteoporosis

Dr Stanley Liew Choon Fong

Dr Liew is currently a Deputy Medical Director at Raffles Hospital. He specializes in diabetes, thyroid and lipid disorders, osteoporosis and more. (More on Dr Liew)

 

Dr Donald Poon Yew Hee - Geriatric Oncology and Senior Cancer Consultant

Dr Donald Poon Yew Hee

Dr Poon is a senior cancer consultant. Prior to his appointment, he was a medical director of the Singapore Cancer Society and was the founding president of the Society of Geriatric Oncology in Singapore (More on Dr Poon)

 

For patients going to Raffles Hospital, here are some nearby hotels that have good reviews:

Hotel Stars How far is it? Price (per night – approximate) Website
Village Hotel Bugis 3.8/5 4 min $205 Click here
Pan Pacific Serviced Suites 4.5/5 5 min $360 Click here
Beach Hotel 3.7/5 6 min $80 Click here
Inter-Continental Hotels 4.2/5 6 min $295 Click here

 

Nearby places to eat and shop:
1. Albert centre   (More information)
2. Bugis   (More information)
3. Bugis Plus   (More information)
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