Although Singapore has come a long way in improving its health status and standard of medical service,
it still faces many concerns and challenges. These include:
- The increasing cost of providing healthcare as a result of advances in medical
knowledge and technology, leading to increased specialisation and
sub-specialisation and greater use of medical technology.
- The rising expectations and demand for better and more sophisticated health
services by an increasingly well-informed and more affluent public.
- The rapid ageing of the population where the proportion of those 60 years and above
is estimated to increase from the present 11% to 27% by the year 2030. It is known
that the aged will incur a higher healthcare expenditure.
- The shortage of nurses and paramedics such as dieticians and nutritionists.