A colonoscopy is an examination of the inside of your big intestine. The purpose of this examination is to identify gastrointestinal illnesses such as colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in Singapore. However, it is also preventable as most colorectal cancers take time to develop from the colon or from rectal polyps. In this regard, colonoscopy is a good form of colorectal cancer prevention as it enables doctors to detect and removes the polyps before they become cancerous. In Singapore, it is recommended that people without any colorectal cancer risk factors start colonoscopy screening from aged 50. People with increased risk of developing this cancer should start screening earlier. Colonoscopy cost in Singapore might vary depending on a number of factors.
Colonoscopy In Singapore
Colonoscopy costs for routine screening are typically lower. The cost of a diagnostic colonoscopy to diagnose a certain ailment is slightly more expensive on average. Due to the added complexity, histological evaluation (by a pathologist), and use of specialised instruments during the process, the expenses will rise with the addition of procedures like removing growths, taking biopsies, or other treatments carried out using colonoscopy.
The hospital or clinic you select and whether you decide to receive the operation as an outpatient or an inpatient are other factors to take into account. Due to government subsidies, outpatient colonoscopies at public hospitals are typically more affordable for Singaporean citizens and permanent residents. To determine whether an endoscopy is necessary, a polyclinic doctor must first assess the patient before sending a referral letter to a specialist for additional testing. Some patients might want a more tailored experience or the ability to select the specialist of their choice. That will require a visit to a private gastroenterologist instead for the procedure to be performed at a private facility.
Average Colonoscopy Cost In Singapore
For colonoscopy cost in Singapore, we can expect to pay around $2,000 – $3,000 in private clinics or hospitals. Requirements for biopsies or polyp removal will result in additional costs.
MOH historical data also shows that a median cost of about $1,700 for day-surgery procedures (“colonoscopy with removal of tissue or abnormal growth with scope”) done in public hospitals (with government subsidies), and about $5,600 at restructured hospitals without subsidies.
MediSave And Insurance Support For Colonoscopy In Singapore
MediSave can be used to pay for colonoscopy screening at all public healthcare institutions and approved private hospitals and medical institutions, for Singaporeans aged 50 years old and above and provided it is a day surgery procedure.
All Integrated Shield Plan insurers in Singapore provide coverage of colonoscopies (as of Feb 23).
Further Reading On Colorectal Cancer And Colonoscopy
This article is informative only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.