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[2020] Ultimate Guide to Cost of Giving Birth in Singapore

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Congratulations! Having a child means officially progressing to the next stage of your life. The time required and financial resources (costs) needed to raise a child is a big responsibility.

In fact, the costs of raising a child kick start the moment you find out you are pregnant. In this article, we will explore the costs of giving birth in Singapore.

If you want to directly explore the cost of giving birth in the different hospitals in Singapore, please follow the links below:

Gynaecologist fees for pregnancy in Singapore

Choosing the right gynaecologist is an important first step for you so that you would feel comfortable throughout your pregnancy up until your delivery.

First Trimester – Prenatal checkup costs

Depending on when you find out that you are pregnant, you may only have 1 – 3 prenatal check-ups during the first trimester.

If you are seeing a private gynaecologist for the first time, the consultation fee ranges from $120 – $200. Subsequent visits will be cheaper, between $50 – $100. You will also be doing ultrasounds throughout your pregnancy with each ultrasound costing anywhere between $80 – $200 each session.

During the course of your prenatal check-ups, you would also need to pay for blood and urine tests, medication (if needed), supplements (e.g folic acids, fish oils etc) and fetal assessment (e.g OSCAR test, Fetal anomaly scan etc).

Second and Third Trimester – Prenatal checkup costs

Private practise gynaecologists usually offer a package anywhere from the second trimester (most commonly from 20 weeks, but some offer as early as week 16), and you can expect to pay between $800 – $1600 for the maternity package.

If you are unsure if you want to continue with your existing gynaecologist, you may continue to pay per-visit rate. However, if you are continuing with the current gynaecologist, it would be more economical to go with the maternity package offered by the gynaecologist.

If you go to a public hospital gynaecologist, you will have to pay per-visit rate as government hospitals do not offer maternity packages.

Here is what you can expect to pay for your prenatal check-ups when visiting a private gynaecologist vs government hospital gynaecologist.

TypeCost for prenatal checkups
Private Gynaecologist$2000 – $3000
Public Gynaecologist under subsidized rates$600 – $800

Cost of delivering in Singapore hospitals (Government vs Private hospitals)

In Singapore, one can choose to give birth in a government restructured (public) hospital or a private hospital. There are 3 government restructured hospitals and 7 private hospitals for you to choose from.

With Singapore being renowned for her high standard of healthcare, choosing between public and private really depends on your budget and your personal comfort level with a particular hospital and its maternity wards. Data is taken from the Ministry of Health.

Types of delivery

With each pregnancy being unique, we will explore the different modes of delivery – normal, assisted or caesarean delivery and the costs associated with each type of delivery.

Normal delivery. A normal delivery is a low-risk vaginal delivery in which labour is allowed to progress on its own with the free movement and positioning of the mother.

Assisted delivery. An assisted birth is when forceps or a ventouse suction cup are used to help deliver the baby.

Caesarean (c-section) delivery. A caesarean delivery is a surgical procedure in which a foetus is delivered through an incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus.

Types of hospital bedrooms for delivery

There are many different types of hospital bedrooms that cater to your budget. If you want privacy, you may wish to opt for Ward A in a government hospital or a 1 bedded room in a private hospital.

If you wish to go for a more affordable option, you may opt for ward B1, B2, B2+ or C in a government hospital or a 2 bedded to 4 bedded room in a private hospital.

Length of stay

We also explore the length of stay associated with the different types of delivery, hospital and hospital bedroom. This is so as to give you a better understanding on how many days you could be staying in the various hospitals before bringing your new-born home.

Let us now explore the costs associated with giving birth in a Singapore hospital.

TL;DR: 1 bedded (Private Hospital) vs Ward A (Government Hospital)

This is a summary of the median cost of giving birth in Singapore in a 1 bedded private hospital vs ward A in a government hospital.

Ward A in a government hospital is essentially the same as a 1 bedded room in a private hospital.

Hospital

Average Length of Stay (days)

Median Cost

Normal Delivery – 1 bedded (Private Hospitals)

Gleneagles

2.3

$10,568

Mount Alvernia

2.2

$8,182

Mount Elizabeth (Orchard)

2.3

$9,673

Mount Elizabeth (Novena)

2.3

$9,569

Parkway East

2.0

$7,489

Raffles Hospital

2.1

$8,294

Thomson Medical

2.2

$8,018

Normal Delivery – Ward A (Government Hospitals)

KKH

2.0

$5,164

NUH

2.3

$4,599

SGH

2.5

$4,552

Cost of giving birth in a government (public) hospital in Singapore

SGH A Ward – Maternity Ward

Ward A – Government Hospital

Ward Class A in a government restructured hospital is a single bedded air-conditioned room that comes with attached bathroom and toilet.

Hospital

Average Length of Stay (days)

Lower Cost

Median Cost

Higher Cost

Normal Delivery – Ward A (Government Hospitals)

KKH

2.0

$4,564

$5,164

$5,700

NUH

2.3

$4,067

$4,599

$5,278

SGH

2.5

$3,850

$4,552

$5,466

Assisted Delivery – Ward A (Government Hospitals)

KKH

2.4

$5,527

$5,936

$6,559

NUH

2.5

$4,747

$5,091

$5,806

SGH

3.0

$5,907

$6,533

$7,439

Caesarean Delivery – Ward A (Government Hospitals)

KKH

3.2

$7,446

$8,714

$10,187

NUH

3.4

$6,536

$7,186

$8,132

SGH

3.7

$8,012

$8,675

$9,984

Caesarean Delivery (with serious complication) – Ward A (Government Hospitals)

KKH

3.6

$8,038

$9,318

$11,053

NUH

4.1

$6,836

$7,412

$8,546

Ward B1 – Government Hospital

Ward Class B1 in a government restructured hospital is a four bedded air conditioned room and the occupants will share the bathroom and toilet. Level of government subsidy is 20%.

Hospital

Average Length of Stay (days)

Lower Cost

Median Cost

Higher Cost

Normal Delivery – Ward B1 (Government Hospitals)

KKH

1.8

$3,208

$3,849

$4,261

NUH

2.0

$3,165

$3,594

$3,991

SGH

2.1

$3,038

$3,726

$4,264

Assisted Delivery – Ward B1 (Government Hospitals)

KKH

2.1

$4,294

$4,571

$5,067

Caesarean Delivery – Ward B1 (Government Hospitals)

KKH

2.9

$6,318

$7,438

$8,616

NUH

2.8

$5,270

$5,699

$6,077

SGH

3.5

$6,763

$7,340

$8,664

Caesarean Delivery (with serious complication) – Ward B1 (Government Hospitals)

KKH

3.8

$7,376

$8,445

$9,611

SGH

3.2

$6,671

$7,116

$7,283

Ward B2 – Government Hospital

KKH Ward B2 – Maternity Ward

Ward Class B2 in a government restructured hospital is a six bedded self-ventilated room and the occupants will share the bathroom and toilet. Level of government subsidy is 50 – 65%.

Hospital

Average Length of Stay (days)

Lower Cost

Median Cost

Higher Cost

Normal Delivery – Ward B2 (Government Hospitals)

KKH

2.0

$1,454

$1,835

$2,273

NUH

2.2

$905

$1,040

$1,251

SGH

2.7

$1,206

$1,517

$1,993

KKH (Ward B2+)

2.0

$2,041

$2,521

$2,989

Assisted Delivery – Ward B2 (Government Hospitals)

NUH

2.8

$1,298

$1,520

$1,627

KKH (Ward B2+)

2.4

$3,042

$3,368

$3,705

Caesarean Delivery – Ward B2 (Government Hospitals)

KKH

3.8

$2,960

$3,485

$4,013

NUH

2.9

$1,306

$1,560

$1,718

SGH

3.6

$2,188

$2,533

$3,054

KKH (Ward B2+)

3.6

$3,770

$4,405

$5,461

Caesarean Delivery (with serious complication) – Ward B2 (Government Hospitals)

KKH

4.9

$3,298

$4,147

$5,543

NUH

6.6

$1,645

$2,015

$2,815

KKH (Ward B2+)

4.5

$4,084

$4,680

$6,044

Ward C – Government Hospital

Ward Class C in a government restructured hospital is an eight to ten bedded self-ventilated room and the occupants will share the bathroom and toilet. Level of government subsidy is 65 – 80%.

Hospital

Average Length of Stay (days)

Lower Cost

Median Cost

Higher Cost

Normal Delivery – Ward C (Government Hospitals)

KKH

2.2

$986

$1,222

$1,491

NUH

2.3

$689

$828

$968

SGH

2.3

$1,015

$1,251

$1,671

Assisted Delivery – Ward C (Government Hospitals)

KKH

3.0

$1,235

$1,539

$1,904

Caesarean Delivery – Ward C (Government Hospitals)

KKH

3.8

$1,823

$2,141

$2,503

NUH

2.8

$929

$1,079

$1,250

SGH

3.9

$1,457

$1,788

$2,379

Caesarean Delivery (with serious complication) – Ward C (Government Hospitals)

KKH

6.1

$2,400

$2,888

$3,591

NUH

4.8

$1,077

$1,329

$1,950

Cost of giving birth in a private hospital in Singapore

The following explores the costs of giving birth in a private hospital in Singapore.

1 Bedded – Private Hospital

Mount Alvernia Hospital Maternity Ward

1 bedded room in a private hospital is a single bedded air-conditioned room and comes with attached bathroom and toilet.

Hospital

Average Length of Stay (days)

Lower Cost

Median Cost

Higher Cost

Normal Delivery – 1 bedded (Private Hospitals)

Gleneagles

2.3

$9,286

$10,568

$11,960

Mount Alvernia

2.2

$7,082

$8,182

$9,384

Mount Elizabeth (Orchard)

2.3

$8,584

$9,673

$10,691

Mount Elizabeth (Novena)

2.3

$8,586

$9,569

$10,659

Parkway East

2.0

$6,503

$7,489

$8,310

Raffles Hospital

2.1

$7,146

$8,294

$9,203

Thomson Medical

2.2

$7,019

$8,018

$8,952

Assisted Delivery – 1 bedded (Private Hospitals)

Gleneagles

2.6

$10,804

$12,092

$13,876

Mount Alvernia

2.4

$7,358

$8,780

$9,897

Mount Elizabeth (Orchard)

2.3

$8,427

$9,169

$10,787

Mount Elizabeth (Novena)

2.5

$9,768

$10,674

$11,629

Parkway East

2.1

$6,949

$7,617

$8,518

Raffles Hospital

2.5

$9,311

$10,309

$11,757

Thomson Medical

2.4

$7,656

$8,838

$9,837

Caesarean Delivery (no serious complication) – 1 bedded (Private Hospitals)  

Gleneagles

3.3

$14,656

$16,262

$18,096

Mount Alvernia

3.1

$10,742

$12,067

$13,319

Mount Elizabeth (Orchard)

3.2

$13,605

$15,415

$17,629

Mount Elizabeth (Novena)

3.3

$13,794

$14,840

$16,906

Parkway East

3.1

$11,302

$12,558

$13,556

Raffles Hospital

3.2

$11,711

$12,809

$17,373

Thomson Medical

3.3

$11,087

$12,126

$13,678

Caesarean Delivery (with serious complication) – 1 bedded (Private Hospitals)  

Gleneagles

4.0

$13,529

$17,754

$21,030

Mount Alvernia

4.9

$11,418

$13,153

$14,835

Mount Elizabeth (Novena)

4.7

$15,259

$16,998

$19,101

Thomson Medical

3.4

$11,437

$12,834

$14,536

2 Bedded – Private Hospital

2 bedded room in a private hospital has two beds in an air-conditioned room and the occupants will share the bathroom and toilet.

Hospital

Average Length of Stay (days)

Lower Cost

Median Cost

Higher Cost

Normal Delivery – 2 bedded (Private Hospitals)  

Gleneagles 

2.2

$6,851

$7,799

$9,026

Mount Alvernia

2.1

$5,239

$6,301

$7,392

Mount Elizabeth (Orchard)

2.2

$6,893

$7,925

$8,856

Parkway East Hospital

2.0

$5,013

$5,629

$6,375

Thomson Medical

2.2

$5,692

$6,640

$7,638

Assisted Delivery – 2 bedded (Private Hospitals)  

Mount Alvernia

2.2

$5,575

$6,469

$7,447

Mount Elizabeth (Orchard)

2.1

$6,591

$7,480

$8,065

Parkway East Hospital

2.1

$5,576

$6,211

$6,680

Thomson Medical

2.4

$6,607

$7,527

$8,243

Caesarean Delivery – 2 bedded (Private Hospitals)  

Gleneagles

3.2

$11,469

$12,766

$13,821

Mount Alvernia

3.0

$8,732

$9,823

$10,866

Mount Elizabeth (Orchard)

3.0

$10,898

$12,469

$13,910

Parkway East Hospital

3.1

$9,468

$10,224

$11,054

Thomson Medical

3.0

$9,306

$10,154

$11,218

4 Bedded – Private Hospital

Thomson Medical – 4 Bedded Maternity Ward

4 bedded room in a private hospital has four beds in an air-conditioned room and the occupants will share the bathroom and toilet.

Hospital

Average Length of Stay (days)

Lower Cost

Median Cost

Higher Cost

Normal Delivery – 4 bedded (Private Hospitals)  

Parkway East

2.0

$4,554

$5,077

$6,028

Thomson Medical

2.2

$5,099

$5,915

$6,853

Assisted Delivery – 4 bedded (Private Hospitals)  

Parkway East

2.0

$5,007

$5,418

$6,197

Thomson Medical

2.2

$4,545

$5,399

$6,728

Caesarean Delivery – 4 bedded (Private Hospitals)  

Parkway East

3.0

$8,733

$9,527

$10,737

Thomson Medical

2.8

$7,913

$8,712

$10,103

Medisave Maternity Package (MMP) – Using Medisave for childbirth

Giving birth can be supported by Medisave, and you can tap on the medisave maternity package to help ease your maternity costs.

How to claim for delivery expense under Medisave Maternity Package (MMP)

MediSave can be used at both public and private hospitals. Follow these 3 easy steps to make your claim for delivery expenses under the MMP:

  • Keep all your receipts for pre-delivery care, including pre-natal consultations, ultrasound scans, tests and medication.
  • Present the receipts to the hospital where your baby was delivered.
  • The hospital will help you claim both the delivery and pre-delivery expenses under the MediSave Maternity Package.

Here are the expenses that you can claim under the Medisave Maternity Package:

Expense Medisave claimable
Pre-delivery expense $900
Hospitalisation $450 per day
Delivery procedure (Normal) $750
Delivery procedure (Assisted) $1,250
Delivery procedure (C-section) $2,150
Delivery procedure (C-section with hysterectomy) $2,600
Delivery procedure (C-section with tubal ligation) $3,950

Example of using Medisave for delivery

This is the example of Sarah:

  • Gives birth at Mount Alvernia hospital
  • Normal delivery
  • Stays 2 nights in the hospital
  • Pre-delivery (e.g consultations & ultrasound) of $1500

Total delivery expense: $8,182 (median cost as per above) + $1,500 = $9,682

Medisave claimable: $900 (pre delivery expense) + $450×2 (hospitalisation) + $750 (normal delivery) = $2,550

Total cash needed: $7,132

 
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1 comment
  1. Cookiebumca
    Cookiebumca
    February 14, 2020 at 9:13 am

    How about the the deluxe suite in NUH? I think it is good to add that for comparison since KKH B2+ is also added.

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