Singapore’s healthcare system is underpinned by reliable healthcare services, strong infrastructure, sound policies, and a dedicated and skilled workforce providing value-driven care across the care continuum.
Primary care is the foundation of our healthcare system. As the first line of care in the community, our primary care professionals are often the first point of contact with patients. They provide holistic and personalised care for patients of different age groups. They treat acute conditions such as upper respiratory tract infections, manage chronic illnesses such as diabetes, and keep the population healthy through preventive measures such as targeted health screening. They also help to coordinate patients’ care with other providers and help patients who require more specialised medical attention to navigate the healthcare system.
In Singapore, primary care is provided through an island-wide network of outpatient polyclinics and clinics run by private general practitioners (GPs). There are currently 20 polyclinics and about 1,700 GP clinics.
Acute care services are provided in general hospitals and include multi-disciplinary inpatient, specialist outpatient, and 24-hour emergency services. In addition, there are national specialty centres that provide specialised services such as cancer care, eye care, and dental care.
In Singapore, we have 8 public hospitals comprising 6 general hospitals, a women’s and children’s hospital, and a psychiatry hospital, as well as 6 national specialty centres providing cancer, cardiac, eye, skin, neuroscience and dental care.
Community care services are typically required for persons who need further care after being discharged from an acute hospital, as well as community-dwelling seniors who may be frail and need someone to watch over them or to help them with their daily needs, to enable them to age well in the neighbourhoods they are familiar with. Community care services are provided in community hospitals, home care, centre-based care facilities and long-term residential care facilities.