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Hospital Care in Singapore Now Available to American Patients at Pre-Negotiated, In-Network Rates Far Lower than Comparable Services in the U.S.

SINGAPORE, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Three hospitals operated by ParkwayHealth have become the first medical institutions in Singapore to join a U.S.-based health care network and will treat American patients at pre-negotiated, in-network rates that are dramatically lower than those typically charged at hospitals in the United States.

Clients of South Carolina-based Companion Global Healthcare Inc., now have the option of traveling to Mount Elizabeth, Gleneagles or East Shore hospitals in Singapore, where they can access a wide range of medical and surgical services, including joint replacements, open heart and cardiology surgery, and invasive cancer treatment.

Each Parkway hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), the affiliate of The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission is the largest accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

"This marks a significant milestone in the global reach of Singapore's health care," said Dr. Jason CH Yap, director of healthcare services for the Singapore Tourism Board. "Singapore has long been the leading medical hub and health care destination of choice in Asia. It is therefore not unexpected that Americans would also seek to avail themselves of high quality health care in Singapore's safe and stable environment." More than 410,000 visitors traveled to Singapore for medical services in 2006.

"Patients in increasing numbers are crossing international borders seeking top-quality care at affordable prices," said Dan Snyder, ParkwayHealth group executive vice president and chief operating officer and a former staff member of the U.S. Surgeon General and Chief of Naval Operation's offices. "Our three world-class hospitals in Singapore have fully English-speaking, reputable specialists and nurses who offer some of the best treatment available anywhere in the world."

"The addition of ParkwayHealth in Singapore means our individual clients and employer groups have more outstanding options for obtaining fully credentialed medical care at affordable, all-inclusive prices," said David Boucher, Companion Global Healthcare's assistant vice president of health care services.

Access to ParkwayHealth's three Singapore hospitals is now available to the more than one million members of BlueCross Blue Shield of South Carolina and BlueChoice(R) HealthPlan of South Carolina through Companion Global Healthcare's network at preferred rates. Companion Global Healthcare also serves the uninsured, and is available to contract with insurance companies and employer groups that wish to include an overseas option in their benefit plans. The company provides a single launch point for appointments, travel services, case management and follow up care in the United States.

The SingaporeMedicine Initiative

Launched in 2003, SingaporeMedicine is a multi-agency government-industry partnership committed to strengthening Singapore's position as Asia's leading medical hub and international health care destination. Led by the Ministry of Health of Singapore, SingaporeMedicine is supported by three government agencies: the Economic Development Board, which develops industry capabilities, the International Enterprise Singapore, which fosters regionalism by Singapore-based health care players, and the Singapore Tourism Board, which markets Singapore as a health care destination to inbound international patients and develops associated people-oriented services.

Key Singapore health care services accolades and accreditation include:

-- Nine hospitals and three medical centers with JCI accreditation,

accounting for one-third of all JCI-accredited facilities in Asia.

-- In 2003, the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC) ranked

Singapore's health care system as the third best in the world and the

country as best prepared to deal with a major medical crisis in Asia.

-- In 2000, the World Health Organization (WHO) ranked Singapore's health

care system as the best in Asia and sixth best in the world.

-- Singapore's blood supply ranks among the safest in the world. The

Centre for Transfusion Medicine in Singapore is internationally reputed

for is high standards of blood safety practices and management of blood

transfusion services. It is recognized as a WHO Collaborating Centre.

-- In 2007, Singapore was voted the "Best Medical/Wellness Tourism

Destination" by TravelWeekly (Asia) Industry Awards.

SOURCE Singapore Tourism Board
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