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Author Topic: Question: What are the costs of giving birth in Singapore hospitals?  (Read 10950 times)

Astrogirl

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Just wondering guys, how much would it cost to give birth in Singapore
hospitals...

Thank you in advance..
« Last Edit: November 30, 2011, 12:49:28 pm by wedding_organizer »

ivyshin

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Re: Costs of giving birth in Singapore hospitals?
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2011, 05:02:32 pm »
Astro

We paid 4500 SG for natural birth at KK Hospital and stayed for 3 days in a ward. Our friends paid sth around 6000 but they had cesarean.
Are you local or foreign? It depends on your choice of hospital and doctor also. :)
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Re: Costs of giving birth in Singapore hospitals?
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2011, 05:24:01 pm »
sometimes it depends on the hospital. We chose a hospital that specialises on women/children's healthcare and it is cheaper than most of the  private hospitals here in SG. You can can be a vip person there too, avoiding queues and lushing in your vip ward.
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Re: Costs of giving birth in Singapore hospitals?
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2011, 05:28:22 pm »
Hi Ivy,

I am a foreigner holding E-pass right now. Thanks for the input.. trying to do my own research too about this.

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Re: Costs of giving birth in Singapore hospitals?
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2011, 05:43:13 pm »
Hi guys heres my experience,we paid a bit less than $3K NUH. normal delivery with epidural, 2 nights stay in a single room.
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Re: Costs of giving birth in Singapore hospitals?
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2011, 06:28:23 pm »
Lets just say, that if there are no complications it can be ok.

If you have complications and are a foreigner, then the cost can elicit an 'OMG!!!".

My advice is to have solid medical insurance. if your employer does not have it (and some MNC's don't supply maternity insurance) , get it yourself , which is what we did.

It might be that your pregnancy and birth will proceed fine (hope so) - but for both my children we had multiple stays in Hospital (Gleneagles, who are very good), c-sections in both cases and for one (a pre term birth) a longish stay in NICU. The first preganacy cost about $60k, our most recent one (he was born on the 29th november and just came home today, yay!) hmm - 8 times in hospital, 14 days in NICU, doctors bills, $100k easy.

It obviously depends on your circumstances and your risk appetite and how your preganacy is going - and ours is certainly an extreme case of course - but even minor issues can be expensive. The insurance is well worth it in my view.

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ivyshin

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Re: Costs of giving birth in Singapore hospitals?
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2011, 11:48:43 am »
Hi guys heres my experience,we paid a bit less than $3K NUH. normal delivery with epidural, 2 nights stay in a single room.

This is quite low already.. lucky you
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Re: Costs of giving birth in Singapore hospitals?
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2011, 03:08:01 pm »
There are doulas you can hire from ParentLink check here http://www.parentlink.org. A Doula support package costs $1300. Also, there are two doctors that I know of in Singapore who attend homebirths. Dr. Paul Tseng http://www.thomsonmedical.com/doc.htm and Dr. Lai Fon-Min http://www.acompanyforwomen.com.sg . The fees for homebirth are higher than if the doc attends a typical hospital birth, but that is because they need to spend a longer time at your home, not just turn up when the baby is almost out (or already out!) like what can happen in the hospital. I know that Dr. Lai's fees are over $3000 for a natural, waterbirth, twins or homebirth. Other than the medical supplies you need for a homebirth (don't know the cost of that yet, will post when I know) - there are no hospital fees. If you need to transfer to hospital then you obviously need to pay the hospital fees which start at about $3500 and go upwards from there.

The mortality rate for babies born at home and hospital is equal when I last checked existing research. Contrary to what some biased people think - women want the best for their babies and don't give birth at home if there have been complications in the run-up to the birth. If you are having an uncomplicated pregnancy, are young and healthy - then why not consider giving birth at home with medical professional care (or without)? Do some reading and you will find more info on why we all hear so many stories of "complications" with hospital births. I have heard far too many bad birth stories about hospital personnel creating fear when there was no need, and causing use of procedures that weren't needed "just in case". The c-section rate is crazy these days! I also have one acquaintance whose newborn picked up a bacterial infection at the hospital and died after 11 days.

Other practical tips on saving costs is to reduce the number of scans you have if your pregnancy is going well. There is no need to have a scan every month of your pregnancy (quite dangerous?). In public health care systems in many countries women have only 2 scans. Also, don't do all the blood tests if you think you don't need it. Private clinics will offer you all the tests and they cost a lot of money, so ask your doctor about what is essential in your case and what isn't.
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Re: Costs of giving birth in Singapore hospitals?
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2011, 05:07:42 pm »
I will prefer giving birth at the Hospital.. Its true givin birth at home sounds very risky.. Do not gamble on this.. Do not think of the hospital fee think about your baby's security!
You should know the prons and cons when having a baby. Better to save first then have a baby just my two cents.

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Re: Costs of giving birth in Singapore hospitals?
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2011, 05:47:38 pm »
Hi Liujun,

Is that your baby? what a cutie... I hope you can help me, My name is Phey and married for 5 years now and trying to have a baby since 2008..
I think I need a fertility doctor... any recommendation?

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Re: Costs of giving birth in Singapore hospitals?
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2011, 12:05:58 pm »
Hi Liujun,

Is that your baby? what a cutie... I hope you can help me, My name is Phey and married for 5 years now and trying to have a baby since 2008..
I think I need a fertility doctor... any recommendation?

Thanks Phey

He's my youngest my eldest is 3 yrs old already.

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Re: Costs of giving birth in Singapore hospitals?
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2011, 09:42:38 am »
homebirth?, I shudder at the thought!

I admire you women who are willing to consider it. For me, I think I'll be more comfortable knowing that there is an epidural nearby in case I can't take the pain! Weak as that sounds...

Costs of giving birth in Singapore hospitals?
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2011, 05:37:23 pm »
You may also be a VIP person, avoiding the queues and lushing in your VIP area.

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Re: Question: What are the costs of giving birth in Singapore hospitals?
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2011, 05:35:27 pm »
Malaysia cheaper and it's just across the Causeway.

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Re: Question: What are the costs of giving birth in Singapore hospitals?
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2011, 05:09:11 pm »
Be ready to cough up the cash.

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Re: Question: What are the costs of giving birth in Singapore hospitals?
« Reply #15 on: December 03, 2011, 12:05:57 pm »
Givin birth is like a miracle. Consider first the safety and hospital's reputation.