Live (truly) well.
It’s all too easy to get caught up with the hectic pace of life and neglect your health. And while Singapore’s healthcare system has been ranked as sixth best globally by the World Health Organisation since 2000 (and is still tops in Asia), we all know that prevention is better than cure.
Here are some things you can do to ensure that you’re not putting your wellness at risk as you enjoy the fabulous city life in SG.
A healthy diet and stable weight can lower your risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. And, researchers in Austria have found that long outdoor walks can greatly improve your mood and reduce anxiety. Lace up your trainers and head to one of the Garden City’s more than 300 public parks and four natural reserves!
More good news: Studies have shown that living by the ocean may boost your health and reduce stress. Given that Singapore is an island, it’s easy to get a dose of “vitamin sea” here.
The best way to protect yourself from getting dengue, Zika, malaria and other tropical diseases? Prevent yourself from being bitten by mosquitoes. Particularly when travelling to hotspots, remain in well-screened areas, wear clothing that covers your arms and legs, and apply insect repellent to both skin and clothing. Likewise, book a consultation with your doctor at least six weeks before your trip to discuss advice on vaccines, and food and water hygiene.
Singapore’s hospitals offer cutting-edge technology and personalised care. Depending on your budget or insurance policy, you can opt to have treatment or surgery, or give birth at a private hospital – many of which feel like four-star hotels. Or, select from SG’s high-standard, lower-cost public options, though you may have to wait longer for visits and share a room with other patients in a ward.
For regular checkups and “family” care, choose between a polyclinic near your home, or one from a larger practice with a team of international doctors. Having trouble coping with your new Singapore life? Speak to your GP or a counsellor.
If you’re on an Employment or Dependent’s Pass, you may find that the medical expenses covered by your company’s insurance plan is surprisingly limited. Whether it’s prenatal or dental care, an emergency procedure or even just for seeking a “second” opinion, you can end up paying out of pocket – unless you take out “top-up” insurance. These policies can help you make up the difference between the costs your employer’s insurance covers and the total medical bill.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – ranging from acupuncture to herbal remedies, cupping and more – is popular here. You can try such treatments at a private TCM clinic or one affiliated with a reputable hospital. (Tip: Because of SG’s strict consumer safety regulations, your chances of being “prescribed” something dangerous is less likely.) This is also an ideal place to sample other Asian-style treatments and activities: Thai massage, Japanese onsen baths and reiki (energy healing), Indian-origin Ayurvedic healing, martial arts like tai chi, postnatal Jamu massage and more.
Text: Andrea McKenna Brankin + Neena Mittal
Additional Reporting: Sara Lyle Bow + Sandhya Mahadevan, From The Finder Issue 296, / Photos: 123RF.com
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