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Before you start treatment, it is helpful to find out more about the various costs that could add up during your treatment and recovery process. This will help you track your finances, giving you time to look for financial support and help if necessary.

Depending on how extensive your health insurance coverage is, you may need to cover some additional costs on your own. Costs can also increase if treatment does not go as planned, is extended or if the cancer returns. Sit down with your family to work out your finances. Check with your insurance company to find out what costs are covered in your health insurance plan. Ask the hospital financial counsellor to help you work out the estimated treatment charges. If necessary, he or she may help refer you to financial aid programmes.

SCS believes that no one should walk the cancer journey alone because of financial difficulties. As such, SCS has helped needy patients in Singapore through various financial and welfare schemes. To enquire about SCS financial and welfare schemes, please call 1800 727 3333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please also highlight to your cancer care team your need for financial assistance, so you may be referred to a Medical Social Worker at the hospital. See MOH’s write up at https://www.moh.gov.sg/hpp/allied-health-professionals/career-practices/CareerNPracticesDetails/medical-social-worker for more information on how a Medical Social Worker may be able to assist you from the hospital.