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Prices of a childbirth in Singapore

07 May 2018

In Singapore, childbirth and maternity fees will be at your expense. As a matter of fact, the prices can dramatically increase in the event of complications during childbirth. To help you estimate the appropriate health insurance to cover your pregnancy, we have gathered the prices in different hospitals around Singapore. You will observe that certain factors can help you optimize your budget.

A) The prices of childbirth without complications

The price of a childbirth can vary considerably. As a matter of fact, several factors must be taken into account:

Here is a recap of the prices of childbirth in Singapore:

Type of childbirthHospital
private/public
Type of roomsAverage cost (SGD)*
Caesarean
(without complications)
Gleneagles Hospital1 bed14,941
2 beds12,139
Mount Elizabeth Hospital1 bed14,487
2 beds10,259
Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital1 bed13,646
Raffles Hospital1 bed12,602
Thomson Medical Centre1 bed10,260
2 beds8,777
Singapore General HospitalWard A8,330
Ward B16,942
KK Women’s & Children’s HospitalWard A8,777
Ward B17,296
National University HospitalWard A7,314
Ward B15,237
“Normal” childbirthGleneagles Hospital Hospital1 bed9,775
2 beds7,289
Mount Elizabeth Hospital1bed9,401
2 beds6,844
Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital1 bed9,048
Raffles Hospital1 bed8,539
Thomson Medical Centre1 bed7,055
2 beds5,637
Singapore General HospitalWard A4,557
Ward B13,205
KK Women’s & Children’s HospitalWard A5,099
Ward B13,702
National University HospitalWard A4,694

* Source: Singapore Ministry of Health

Note that the prices indicated are related to the childbirth expenses and not to the consultations during the pregnancy.

However, you must take into account that the difference in pricing within the hospitals. Let’s take the example of a “normal” childbirth at Singapore General Hospital. A “normal” childbirth is a childbirth without caesarean. At this hospital, the gap can be huge. It can vary from S$3,740 for a “low” bill to S$5,589 for a “high” bill with a Ward A room. This gap can also be seen within private hospitals. At Gleneagles Hospital, the prices for a “normal” childbirth vary from S$4,336 to S$5,731.

A mother stays in average 2 to 4 days after giving birth in Singapore. However, this depends on the hospital type (private or public) and the type of pregnancy. We strongly advise you to get advance confirmation that your gynecologist can operate in the hospital you want. Indeed, some gynecologist are associated with certain hospitals and will not proceed to your delivery elsewhere.

Cases like these happen frequently: where mothers-to-be would like to have their child delivered in a public hospital. However, they are required to give birth at the private hospital their chosen gynecologist is associated with.

B) The prices of childbirth with complications

Complications can occur during childbirth. In that case, the prices can increase drastically and even double in some extreme cases.

On average, a young mother would stay in hospital for at least 2-3 days.We strongly advise you to get advance confirmation that your gynecologist will be able to perform your delivery in the hospital of your choice. Cases like these happen frequently: where mothers-to-be would like to have their child delivered in a public hospital, but are instead required to give birth at the private hospital their chosen gynecologist is associated with.

Type of childbirthHospital
private/public
Type of roomsAverage cost (SGD)*
Caesarean
(with serious complications)
Gleneagles Hospital Hospital1 bed17,220
Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital1 bed15,750
Mount Alvernia Hospital1 bed11,824
2 beds10,179
Mount Elizabeth Hospital1 bed15,383
Thomson Medical Care1 bed10,754
KK Women’s & Children’s HospitalWard A9,351
Ward B18,728
National University HospitalWard A7,778

C) The prices after childbirth

You must also take into that the your newborn may need to stay in observation. This can last a couple of days, perhaps even more in the event of some complications. This can make the bill increase considerably.

Type of childbirthHospital
private/public
Type of roomsAverage cost (SGD)*
Normal newborn for observationParkway East Hospital6 à 10 beds1,040
Thomson Medical Centre6 à 10 beds1,756
Singapore General HospitalWard A1,233
Ward B11,112
KK Women’s & Children’s HospitalWard A1,023
Ward B1923
National University HospitalWard A573
Ward B1551

* Source: Singapore Ministry of Health

You now have a better overview of the prices of childbirth in Singapore. Please note that the prices variations are mainly related to the hospital you have chosen. Therefore, you must plan in advance to be appropriately covered for a maternity in Singapore.

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