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New to Singapore? Here are some of the city’s healthcare facts and stats

There are a number of things to worry about when you move to a new country, and Singapore is no different. Moving logistics, housing, arranging a new school for the kids, getting started with a new job; there are so many personal details, both large and small, that must be looked after that when moving to a new country most barely have any time to look at the larger systems in place in their new home. Whether it be public utilities, local government, or (as this article will cover) the local healthcare system, information can be nebulous and hard to come by all in one spot. With this in mind, Pacific Prime Singapore presents this Singapore Healthcare Facts guide filled with quick statistics on many facets of country with regards to its healthcare system.

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Singapore and its people

2015 Singapore facts:

Area

719.1 sq km

Population

5.535,000

Residents

3.902,700

Population over 65

11.8%

Fertility rate per female

1.24

 

Population % by ethnicity:

Chinese

74.3%

Malay

13.3%

Indian

9.1%

Other

3.3%


Singapore Healthcare Facts: Professionals

2015 medical professional figures:

Number of doctors

12,459

Public sector doctors

7,909

Private sector doctors

3,914

Doctor to population ratio

1:440

Number of specialists

4,788

Number of non-specialists

7,671

Number of nurses

39,005

Public sector nurses

23,942

Private sector nurses

9,784

Nurse to population ratio

1:140

Number of dentists

2,060

Public sector dentists

449

Private sector dentists

1,541

Dentist to population ratio

1:2,690

Number of pharmacists

2,757

Public sector pharmacists

1,307

Private sector pharmacists

1,221

Number of optometrists and opticians

2,624

Public sector optometrists and opticians

156

Private sector optometrists and opticians

2,345


2015 graduate figures:

Number of medical grads

302

Number of nursing grads

1,479

Number of Allied Health Professionals grads

188

Number of dentistry grads

51

Number of pharmacy grads

150

Singapore Healthcare Facts: System & Facilities

  • Ranked first for most efficient healthcare system, out of 51 countries, in 2014 by Bloomberg.
  • 21 hospitals and medical centres and medical organisations in Singapore have obtained the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation.

2014 Medical facility figures:

Number of specialty centres/acute hospitals

26

Public sector

15

Private sector

11

Total number of beds

11,230

Number of polyclinics

18

Number of public sector dental clinics

247

Number of pharmacies

253


Accolades

  • Ranked #1 as a worldwide favorite medical tourism destination in PHD Chamber Medical and Wellness Tourism Report 2013.
  • Singapore’s blood reserve ranks among the safest on Earth. Blood Services Group HSA was appointed a WHO Collaborating Blood Centre for Transfusion Medicine for the Western Pacific Region in 1992.


Health outcomes

  • Ranked 2nd globally for healthcare outcomes according to The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in 2014.
  • Infant mortality rate (2015): 1.7 per 1,000 births
  • Life expectancy at birth (2014): 82.8 years
  • % of patients reporting “excellent” or “good” healthcare (2014): 79.1%

% of children aged 2 years immunized (2014):

Tuberculosis

99%

Diphtheria

96%

Polio

96%

Hepatitis B

96%

Measles

94%


% of primary 1 aged children immunized (2014):

Measles, Mumps & Rubella

96%

 

Diseases

Top reasons for hospitalization (2014):

Accident, poisoning & violence

8.4%

Cancer

6%

Ischaemic heart diseases

3.3%

 

Disease burden in adults aged 18-69 (2010):

High blood pressure

23.5%

High cholesterol

17.4%

Smoking daily

14.3%

Diabetes

11.3%

Obesity

10.8%

 

Most common cancers (2010-2014. Per 100,000 people.):

Men

Colorectal

38.2

Lung

33.5

Prostate

28.5

Lymphoid neoplasms

17.4

Liver

16.9


Women

Breast

64.7

Colorectal

26.7

Lung

15

Uterine

14.6

Ovarian

12.7

 

Biggest causes of death (2014)

Cancer

29.4%

Pneumonia

19%

Ischaemic heart diseases

16%

 

Top Conditions of Polyclinic Attendances (% of diagnoses. 2015):

Hyperlipidemia

16.4%

Hypertensive disease

15.7%

Acute upper respiratory tract infection including Influenza

9.8%

Diabetes

9.8%

 

Singapore Healthcare Facts: Cost

  • Proportion of monthly household expenditure spend on healthcare by percentage (2012/13): 4.5%

Medisave figures (2014):

Number of accounts

$3.2 million

Total Medisave balance

$70.5 billion

Average account balance

$21,800

Amount withdrawn for direct medical expenses

$852 million


With respect to costs, it should be noted that new expatriates moving to Singapore are unlikely to be able to make use of the Medisave program or SIngapore’s public healthcare offerings in any capacity. For this reason, it is important for people in this situation to obtain private medical insurance that can address their medical needs, and the needs of their entire family.

To find out about insurance plans for use in Singapore, as well as international health insurance plans that can be used in Singapore or anywhere else in the world, contact Pacific Prime Singapore today. Our knowledgeable experts can answer all your questions about healthcare in Singapore, as well as provide you with free plan comparisons and price quotes.

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