Be it caesarean or natural, we decipher the real cost of delivery.

January 10th, 2016

Pregnancy is not only a life-changing undertaking, but an awfully expensive process as well. Whether you plan on a caesarean or natural birth, we uncover the real cost of delivery in Singapore of preferred local hospitals.

Cost of delivery in Singapore:

Pregnancy is an immensely exciting journey — but have you given enough thought to how you will be giving birth?

From experience and the collective knowledge of several mums in my circle of friends, the decision may not always be ours. There are several factors that can come into play, either in the delivery room or during pregnancy, which can leave mothers with no other option but to deliver by caesarean.

Here, we look into the cost of delivery in Singapore, for either a caesarean or a natural birth, at some of our local hospitals. The breakdown may help you choose a delivery method and hospital according to your budgetary needs but also prepare for any unforeseen costs that might arise.

The figures below represent average bill amounts where 90% of patients paid this amount or less and 10% paid more, according to the MOH website. These figures are computed in Singapore dollars and are correct as of 25th January  2016.

Figures can be found at this link: MOH Delivery via Caesarean Section.


Caesarean
For a caesarean, the lowest cost is estimated at $S1,307 for a 3-day stay at National University Hospital. This is based on the 75% percentile. In comparison, the highest in a private hospital may reach the heights of S$18,466 for a 3-day stay at Gleneagles Hospital. This is based on the 75th percentile.*

Public
Ward A Ward B1 Ward B2+ Ward B2 Ward C
KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital 10,403 8,158 5,523 4,013 2,682
National University Hospital 8,381 5,713 NA 1,856 1,307
Singapore General Hospital 9,393 7,747 NA 3,000 2,218

 

Private
1 Bedded 2 Bedded 4 Bedded
Gleneagles Hospital 18,466 13,984 NA
Mount Alvernia Hospital 12,477 10,317 NA
Mount Elizabeth Hospital 18,164 12,585 NA
Parkway East Hospital 12,706 10,642 10,493
Raffles Hospital 17,899 NA NA
Thomson Medical Centre 12,017 10,251 9,089

 

Normal Delivery
For a normal delivery, the figures are definitely much kinder. The estimated cost of a stay in Ward C for a natural birth could be as low as S$1,029 at the National University Hospital (based on 75th percentile). While in the private sector, the cost of a private delivery suite will reach an estimate of S$11,664 for a similar length stay at Mount Elizabeth hospital.

Public Ward A Ward B1 Ward B2+ Ward B2 Ward C
KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital 5,938 4,142 3,136 2,361 1,541
National University Hospital 5,742 3,737 NA 1,331 1,029
Singapore General Hospital 5,533 3,992 NA 1,874 1,603

 

Private 1 Bedded 2 Bedded 4 Bedded
Gleneagles Hospital 11,758 8,570 NA
Mount Alvernia Hospital 9,038 7,071 NA
Mount Elizabeth Hospital 11,664 8,465 NA
Parkway East Hospital 7,752 6,141 5,514
Raffles Hospital 10,532 NA NA
Thomson Medical Centre 8,226 6,626 6,014

Other considerations when preparing for your delivery include any claims you can put forward using the Medisave Maternity Package. According to the MOH website, mothers who undergo a vaginal delivery can claim up to $3,000** and up to $4,850** for a caesarean.

*Actual bill will vary in accordance to every mother’s needs, given figures are for only the services mentioned above. Planning for your delivery should also include a check with your preferred hospital for a detailed rundown.

**Figures correct May 2017

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