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Health Screening Singapore
(Full Body Check Up)

What is a general health screening?

A general health screening is a group of procedures that are performed to check if you are experiencing a health condition, and simply to ensure you are in good health. Many diseases often do not come with symptoms – regular health screenings help detect these diseases early.

Early detection is key to a high recovery rate.

What does a full health screening include?

A full body test typically includes checkups of your organs such as a liver function test and kidney function test. Patients are also able to monitor chronic disease such as heart disease or diabetes screening during a full body test.

Types of health screenings in Singapore


A full blood count test is performed through a blood test to check the red blood cells, white blood cells and thrombocytes (platelets) in your body. These cells serve important functions and are transmitted around the body through your blood. Red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs while white blood cells help fight infections and platelets regulate bleeding. High or low levels of these cells may be indicative of a health condition such as anemia or even cancer.

Kidney function – U/E/Cr, Urine FEME

A kidney function test is performed through a blood test to examine your kidney health. Urine samples are also taken to check for Urea (U), electrolytes (E) and creatinine (Cr) to see if they are at a normal or abnormal level. As the kidneys break them down in urine, a higher level of these substances in the body may indicate that the patient is suffering from kidney problems.

Liver function

A liver function test is performed through a blood test to check for levels of proteins such as albumin and bilirubin, which is found in bile. These substances are important for maintaining the overall health of your liver. For example, a high level of bilirubin or albumin in the blood can be a sign of liver damage such as jaundice.

Thyroid function

A thyroid function test is done to examine the level of TSH in your blood. TSH is a hormone that is involved in regulating the thyroid gland, which is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck. Abnormal levels of TSH in the blood can signal health conditions such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism or thyroid cancer.

Stool for occult blood

A stool for occult blood test is done to check for signs of colorectal cancer in the body. This test is done through collecting stool samples to detect any blood that is hidden. Not all positive results for a stool occult blood test is indicative of cancer. Instead, benign conditions such as polyps or hemorrhoids (swollen veins in the rectum) may be present.

How to prepare for a general health screening in Singapore?

  • Wear a sleeveless top or a shirt with sleeves that can be rolled up easily
  • Avoid heavy drinking or smoking prior to your screening to ensure comfort 
  • Have a meal prior to the screening as blood will be drawn during the tests
  • Bring (relevant) past medical records to help with your diagnosis
  • Be sure to have enough sleep and arrive on time to your appointments

What happens after a general health screening in Singapore?

After you have undergone a general health screening in Singapore, you will receive your results in about a week. If any abnormalities are found, you will be referred to the right specialist for immediate treatment.

Is it worth getting a health screening?

Regular health screenings are incredibly beneficial. For one, they can detect problems early even before you develop symptoms. This helps you and your practitioner develop the best treatment plan for the best chance of recovery, and to lower the risk of a minor condition turning serious. 

It is recommended that patients undergo a full body test every 1 to 3 years from the age of 25. You should also let your doctor know about any history of disease in your family. This is because you may need to undergo more checkups should you be at risk of any specific diseases.

Some conditions that may require a general health screening include: 

  • Chronic pain
  • Unusual symptoms 
  • Family health history

Can I do a full body checkup at a polyclinic?

While we understand that polyclinics are cost-effective options for many Singaporeans, please take note that polyclinics only provide screenings for specific diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol. Further, these tests can only be ordered by a doctor. 

For a comprehensive health screening, it is in your best interest to visit a public or private hospital or private clinic.

Can I pay for my health screening with Medisave?

Medisave can be used for participating health institutions under the CPF board. Please speak to our friendly team for assistance. 

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