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Hospital and Medical Tourism in Singapore

‘Singapore’ is the next big buzzword in the ever evolving global medical tourism industry

Singapore is no longer just the leisure or business destination. With a population of 4.5 million, strong workforce of skilled doctors and some best state-of-the-art hospitals Singapore is fast positioning itself as a global medical tourism hub. Approximately 200,000 overseas patients visit Singapore every year and the hospitals are targeting to increase the numbers manifold, to serving one million foreign patients annually by 2012 and generate USD 3 billion in revenue.

Medical tourism can be broadly defined as the service of providing of cost-effective private medical care in collaboration with the tourism industry for patients requiring surgical and other forms of specialized treatment. Singapore’s healthcare services are built on a foundation of world class quality, safety and trustworthiness, coupled with advanced research and international accreditation, and is Asia’s leading medical hub.

Eleven hospitals and medical centres in Singapore have obtained Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation. Quite a few of them are ISO-9001-2000 certified as well.

Patients mostly come from neighbouring countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, etc. However, patient numbers from India, China, the Middle East and Africa to Singapore is witnessing fast growth. Over the past few years patients from developed countries such as United States and Europe also have been choosing Singapore as their medical travel destination for relatively affordable quality and yet hassle free healthcare services in a clean cosmopolitan city.Singapore made news for many complex and innovative procedures such as the separation of conjoined twins and tooth-in-eye surgery. The successful separation of the

10-month-old Nepalese conjoined twins in 2001 puts Singapore’s medical expertise onto the World’s headlines. Singapore has since accomplished many more milestones both in Asia and in the world arena.

In the year 2006, many Singapore Hospitals have got accredited themselves through Joint Commission International (JCI), a US-based organisation. This could be a reason why JCI has chosen to set up its Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore in 2006. Singapore Hospitals may look towards other European or Asian-based systems of hospital accreditation in an attempt to enhance their brand equity.

Some top Singapore based hospitals are:

1) Alexandra Hospital

Established in the year 1938, this hospital served as one of the prime hospitals for the British Empire in the Far East and was known as the British Military Hospital. Once the World War II ended and even till the 1970s, Alexandra remained to be one of the most modern and well maintained hospitals. More information..

2) Changi General Hospital

Is one of the largest hospitals in Singapore. Its present facilities at Simei were started in the year 1998. It was formed as a result of an amalgamation of two well known hospitals, the Changi Hospital and the Toa Payoh Hospital. The hospital can therefore trace its roots back to the year 1957, when the Thomson Road Hospital began construction More information..

3) National University Hospital

Is a hospital in Singapore that is located next to the medical faculty of the National University of Singapore at Kent Ridge. Besides being a teaching hospital for the university, it also acts as a research centre. This hospital specialises in Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Ophthalmology among others. More information..

4) National Cancer Centre Singapore

The National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) is a national and regional centre directed at the prevention and treatment of different cancers including those involving the breast, stomach, lung, liver, pancreas, lymphomas and head and neck cancers. More information..

5) eMenders Singapore

eMenders is a group of Singapore-based Physicians and surgeon representing more than 25 different branches of medicine and dentistry

A top medical tourism provider which facilitates patient treatment and travel is:

MedicalSingapore is one of Singapore’s top health tourism service provider. MedicalSingapore links the space between patients in UK, Europe, USA, Middle East and the health service providers in Singapore. They arrange for treatment, stay and travel in Singapore.

High Blood Pressure – Risks, Treatments, and Medical Research

 

High blood pressure is also known as hypertension, and it is a condition that affects millions each year. If left alone, hypertension can significantly decrease a person’s quality of life. Among other things, it increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, and aneurysms. All of those things can be fatal, or at the very least life changing events.

Research on hypertension focuses on narrowing down the overwhelming majority of cases for which a discernible medical cause for the hypertension is not known. It is estimated that in upwards of eighty five percent of cases, while high blood pressure is noted, it is unable to be traced back to a medical condition causing it. This makes the treatment of high blood pressure a far less exact science that it could otherwise be.

There are a few known causes of hypertension. One of these is kidney disease. Your kidneys act as scrubbers for your blood, removing toxins and garbage from the blood and passing them out of your body. When kidneys begin malfunctioning, the garbage and toxins can build up in the blood. Simple liquid dynamics say that if the same amount of liquid is forced through an increasingly narrow channel, the pressure of that liquid will go up. This is essentially what happens when kidneys start to fail; the garbage builds up on the walls of blood vessels, pressure.

While this is one example of what researchers call secondary hypertension, it is a relatively small slice of the overall case load. Far more cases are dubbed primary hypertension, which has no discernible cause. The best remedy in those cases is for scientists to prescribe medication designed to lower blood pressure.

However, when looking at the kidney failure case, the blood pressure problem could be far more directly solved by going after the root cause, of which hypertension is merely a symptom. For as many as ninety five percent of cases, the primary cause is unknown, and scientists are left treating the symptom. Given the harsh side effects associated with blood pressure medication, this is a less than ideal situation to be in.

Baby Boomers Play An Important Role In The Growth Of Health and Wellness Industry

A person born between 1946 and 1964 is commonly known as a “Baby Boomer”. They were born post World War II and many countries experienced an unusual spike in birth rates, a phenomenon commonly known as the baby boom. These people are in their forties or older and most of them are in their prime in earning power. Although they consist of about one-third of the world’s population, they account for about two-thirds of the sales. Most of them are expected to live into their eighties. Hence they are a significant group of people for the right target markets.

So, what do Baby Boomers want?

Baby Boomers want to feel young, stay fit and be active. They want to keep a youthful appearance. In other words, they don’t like to look ( omit “growing”) old. Despite their effort, they can’t keep away from degenerative diseases which are creeping into their bodies. They look for smart solutions to their health and ageing problems.

A growing number of baby boomers are using nutritional supplements to maintain optimal health and combat rapid ageing. They are using these supplements to prevent or reverse the degenerative diseases that plagued their parents.

Baby Boomers’ high disposable income combined with their growing concerns about health are the foundation for the exponential growth of the Health and Wellness Industry.

Paul Zane Pilzer who is the world renowned trend forecaster, best-selling author, entrepreneur and economic advisor to past US Presidents said this:

“When I look forward to the year 2010, I see a clear one-trillion, dollar (US) business just in the growth of existing products and services in the wellness industry and that doesn’t include new products and services that are currently in the laboratory and coming down the pike.”

Today, more and more evidence from the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) influences many people to take their health into their own hands by using nutritional supplements based on scientific research.

In the Benefits of Nutritional Supplements, The Council for Responsible Nutrition (based in Washington, D.C.) reviewed over a decade’s worth of scientific research measuring the health benefits of multivitamins and other nutritional supplements.

They found that nutritional supplements can promote health and help prevent disease among the baby boomers.

Annette Dickinson, PhD and author of the report, said,

“The critical mass of science now building around the material impact of supplementation on adults in mid-life is extremely positive.

The data underscores the opportunity baby boomers have to significantly improve both their short and long-term health outlook with very simple lifestyle changes. Like not smoking and getting regular exercise, supplement use is now being shown to have a dramatic, positive effect on health”

Timing of Health and Wellness Market:

The Health and Wellness Industry is the largest group in the Direct Marketing Association. Many companies aim to be listed on the Stock Exchange in order to obtain public funds for the growth of their businesses. This industry will experience substantial growth in the next few decades.

Do you want to be one of the smart people who recognize the trend and use it to start their own home based businesses? If you have not owned a home based business, this may open up an opportunity for you that offers you the benefits that include the following:

1 Financial Freedom

It offers you another stream of income flowing into your life on an ongoing basis so that you can fulfil your desires such as having a new home or car, holidays and travel, children’s education, caring for aged parents, quality retirement, etc.

2 Time Freedom

When you have a large passive income, you can decide how much time to spend as you wish instead of working at a job or running a business from dawn till dusk for the best years of your life.

3 Good Health – Being in the business, you also take the products for you walk the talk. That gives you vitality, good health and well-being.

The Wealth and Health Crisis

Many people are ill-prepared for retirement. Most underestimate the amount of savings they require to live comfortably in their golden years. As life expectancies continue to improve, and costs continue to rise, there is a real concern that the superannuation nest-egg alone will not be sufficient for most, in their old age, to maintain the lifestyle they are accustomed to. Health bills could consist of a substantial portion to your overall expenses.

There is a saying that by the time you can have your superannuation fund, its purchasing power has been reduced by inflation to about 20% of what you can buy today.

The solution is not to save more (although that’s a good piece of advice), but to earn multiple streams of income.

Leverage Your Income There are many ways to earn money. Straight salary is linear income. It does not matter whether you are a doctor, dentist, lawyer, accountant, engineer, teacher, or whatever you get paid by the hour for only when you work. No work, no pay.

Worse still, nowadays, more and more high paying jobs will be performance-based. This means bonus which consists of a fair portion of the total remuneration is only payable if what you agreed to deliver has been delivered on time, not how many hours you spend on the job. As a result, long hours and stress are quite common.

Professionals and employees trade their own time and effort for money. But there is a limit to how much wealth one can accumulate this way.

The best way is to earn residual income – income that keeps flowing to you even when you are not working like owning investment properties in real estate or shares, copyrights created by authors, pop artists and successful network marketers.

Most multi-millionaires use leveraging in one form or another to generate wealth. They understand that the combined time and effort of many people always offer a much bigger income potential than what one can earn alone. Network Marketing is one of these kinds.

There is a saying, “Do not depend on just one main source of income for when that stream of income dries up, you are in strife. Instead it is prudent to have multiple streams of income which will reduce your risk of exposure to unwanted events and will still able to take care of your family and yourself well.”

Create A Residual Income Stream Workers get paid each hour, each fortnight, or each month that they provide a service.

Smart people continue to earn into the future, based in part on initial efforts. This residual value gives them not only the money, but the time freedom to enjoy it too. A type of business is a home business in Network Marketing which could meet this criterion

Despite prejudices and misinformation, the network marketing industry has grown to over USD 100 billion in revenue. The ageing of baby boomers; Generation X ( in the thirties of age) and Generation Y (from 18 to thirty of age) who place more emphasis on balanced lifestyle/family than that of their parents will lead to a boom in the health and wellness industry.

Gout Medical Research Suggests Coffee May Help

Recently, gout medical studies have found that coffee can actually be beneficial for treating gout. The results of these studies are very interesting as coffee has long been considered a beverage that should be avoided by gout sufferers, as it is believed caffeine raises uric acid levels (increased uric acid levels in the blood is the main culprit behind gout attacks. Gout is characterized by swelling and intense pain in an affected joint – commonly the big toe). However, though caffeine may still be a risk factor, there appears to be an ingredient(s) in coffee that has the opposite effect.

Gout medical research that concluded in the spring of 2007 discovered that the more coffee men consume the lower their risk of gout. In this Canadian/American study which was published in the Arthritis & Rheumatism journal June 2007, it was found that men who drank a minimum of 4 cups of coffee daily, lowered their gout risk by as much as 40%.

The study was based on data that was collected from over 45,000 male medical professionals who participated in the study. It was found that after 12 years of study, just over 750 of the more than 45,000 men who drank tea and coffee developed gout. Based on self-reports kept by each medical professional, those conducting the study were able to determine that while tea had no effect, the more coffee the men consumed, the more they reduced their risk of developing gout.

The gout medical study found that men, who drank 1 – 3 cups of coffee per day, lowered their risk of a gout attack by 8%. However, those who drank 4 – 5 cups per day reduced their risk by 40%. Additionally, those men who proved to be ‘coffee addicts’ and drank 6 or more cups per day had almost a 60% lower gout risk.

On the other hand, it was discovered that men who drank 1 – 3 cups of decaffeinated coffee reduced their risk by 33%, while those who drank 4 cups of decaf or more, only reduced the risk of gout by 27%.

Although the medical research team does not know what the exact substance or substances within coffee that reduce the risk of gout, the gout medical team thinks that phenol chlorogenic acid, a strong antioxidant that exists in coffee, may be one of the major factors. Furthermore, it should be mentioned that the team believes that caffeine in coffee does not contribute to the reduction, as tea which also contains caffeine does not appear to offer any benefits.

It is important to note that the researchers focused their study on men aged 40 and older. Their reason for this was because men 40 years of age and older make up the highest gout population. Therefore, although coffee appears to make a difference in the average man that fits this age group, it is not known if coffee has the same gout reducing effect on women and younger men.

More studies will need to be conducted to confirm the precise reasons why coffee reduces the risk of gout. Therefore, while increasing the number of cups of coffee you drink per day may lower your chances of gout, the increase in coffee may not be beneficial for other health conditions. Therefore, be sure to talk to your doctor about the gout medical coffee study, and seek his/her advice before you consider increasing your coffee consumption.