S I N G A P O R E
Population: 5,9 million
Most of the urbanization is along the southern coast, with relatively dense population clusters found in the central areas.
Life expectancy is 85 and the median age is 34,3.
29,3% of the population is under 25 and 9,63% of the population is above 65. There are 1,91 physicians per 1000 habitants.
Climate: Singapore is tropical: hot, humid, rainy. There are 2 distinct monsoon seasons – northeastern monsoon (December to March) and southwestern monsoon (June to September). Outside the monsoon season there are afternoon and early evening thunderstorms.
Spoken languages and religion: Singapore has 4 official languages which are English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil and the national language is Malay.
The Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, however, Buddhist is the religion the most represented in Singapore with 33,9% of the population. Besides, 14,3% of the population is Muslim, 11,3% Taoist. Catholics represent 7,1% of the population and Hindu 5,2%.
Non-working days and holidays: Annual leave entitlement depends on how many years of service the employee worked for the employer. After 1 year of service the employee is entitled to 7 days of paid leave. Every extra year spent entitles the employee to 1 more paid leave day up to the maximum which is 14 days a year (8th year and thereafter).
In Singapore, the common working week is 5-day, which runs from Monday to Friday beginning 8:30 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. There also are 11 annual public holiday in Singapore.
As of the 1st of April 2015, it’s illegal to drink alcohol in a public place between 10.30pm and 7am. Male homosexual acts are illegal in Singapore, but the Government does not act as moral policemen and does not proactively enforces the law on this issue. Openly gay and lesbian support groups and social venues exist.
Health care sector: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Singapore has one of the best health infrastructures in the world. Approximately 70–80% of Singaporeans obtain their medical care within the public health system. Overall government spending on public healthcare amounts to only 1.6% of annual GDP.
The increasingly large private sector provides care to those who are privately insured, foreign patients, or public patients who are able to afford what often amounts to very large out-of-pocket payments above the levels provided by government subsidies.
As of 2015, there are a total of 26 hospitals and specialty centers in Singapore. The 16 public hospitals and specialty centers have between 185 to 2,010 beds. On the other hand, the 10 private hospitals tend to be smaller, with capacity ranging from 20 to 345 beds.
The Government’s role as the dominant health care provider allows the Government to influence the supply of hospital beds, the introduction of high-tech/high-cost medicine, and the rate of costs increases in the public sector which sets the bench mark in terms of pricing for the private sector.
Foreign doctors: Foreign doctors must be registered to practice in Singapore. But only International Medical Graduates who hold qualifications which are recognized by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) will be eligible to apply for medical registration to practice in Singapore. Every applicant must ensure that he fulfils all the criteria according to SMC.
- For a registration as specialist:
Before practicing as a specialist in Singapore a doctor must obtain:
- A specialist accreditation from the Specialists Accreditation Board (SAB). The application is online.
- A specialist registration through the SMC to add his/her name to the Register of Specialists. The application is online and a payment of SGD$500 is applicable per specialty.
- For a registration as family physician:
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- For a registration as a medical practitioner:
The application for full registration for medical practitioner must be submitted online. This registration is granted in different cases as a doctor who holds an MBBS or a MD degree awarded by the National University of Singapore or by the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore.
- For a locum position:
A Temporary Registration is required, but there are 2 types of temporary registration :
- A temporary registration as a visiting expert (doctor who possess medical knowledge, experience and skills considering by SMC as a special value to Singaporean),
- A temporary registration for training.
- Singapore Medical Council:
- Ministry of Health: