Video anchor 10.DEC.2017 3 MIN READ | 3 MIN READ
What is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

What is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

  • IBD is a term used to describe chronic diseases characterised by inflammation in the gut or digestive tract
  • IBD mainly comes in 2 forms: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • No specific foods are known to trigger IBD
  • Approximately 5 million people worldwide struggle with IBD
  • IBD rates are rising in Asia

What do people with IBD struggle with?

  • Frequent diarrhoea or stomach pain
  • Cost of medication
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of social acceptance from family and friends
  • Needing regular medication, doctor visits and tests

How to treat IBD

Diagnosis may be done using colonoscopy, CT scan or MRI

Treatment may involve medication or intestinal surgery

Medications include:

  • Remicade
  • Humira
  • Entyvio
  • Remsima
  • Simponi
  • Mesalazine
  • Steroids
  • Azathioprine
  • Methotrexate

How to manage IBD costs using your insurance

  • If you have an Integrated Shield Plan that covers private hospitalisation, you are eligible for the Cashless service. Call +65 6812 3776 to find out more.
  • Check with your gastroenterologist to find out more on managing IBD with your insurance coverage.


Infographic with contribution by Dr Ling Khoon Lin, gastroenterologist at Mount Elizabeth Hospital