Healthcare Workforce Statistics

Wondering about Singapore’s healthcare employment landscape? Here’s an overview of Singapore’s healthcare jobs statistics.

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An overview of Singapore’s healthcare workforce statistics from 2015 to 2017.


 20152016 2017
Total No. of Doctors112,45912,96713,386 
  ►  Public
7,9098,3588,573 
  ►  Non-Public3,9143,9794,107 
  ►  Not in Active Practice636630706 
Doctor to Population Ratio1:4401:4301:420 
Doctor per 1,000 Population2.32.32.4 
Breakdown by:  
          No. of Specialists4,7885,0475,338 
        ►  Public3,0523,2993,523 
        ►  Non-Public1,4701,4851,528 
        ►  Not in Active Practice266263287 
          No. of Non-Specialists7,6717,9208,048 
        ►  Public4,8575,0595,050 
        ►  Non-Public2,4442,4942,579 
        ►  Not in Active Practice370367419 
   
Total No. of Nurses/Midwives39,00540,5614,1440
  ►  Public23,94224,82925,388 
  ►  Non-Public9,7849,98510,344 
  ►  Not in Active Practice5,2795,7475,708 
Nurse to Population Ratio1:1401:1401:140 
Nurse per 1,000 Population7.07.27.4 
Breakdown by:  
          No. of Registered Nurses29,89431,61532,672 
        ►  Public18,56619,61820,313 
        ►  Non-Public7,3567,6168,002 
        ►  Not in Active Practice3,9724,3814,357 
          No. of Enrolled Nurses8,9318,7818,631 
        ►  Public5,3055,1495,020 
        ►  Non-Public2,3772,3222,301 
        ►  Not in Active Practice1,2491,3101,310 
          No. of Registered Midwives180165137 
        ►  Public716255 
        ►  Non-Public514741 
        ►  Not in Active Practice585641 
   
Total No. of Advanced Practice Nurses2 172197218 
  ►  Public 166189203 
  ►  Non-Public  5810 
  ►  Not in Active Practice
10
   
Total No. of Dentists32,0602,1982,293 
  ►  Public449486477 
  ►  Non-Public1,5411,6441,748 
  ►  Not in Active Practice706868 
Dentist to Population Ratio1:2,6901:2,5501:2,450 
Dentist per 1,000 Population0.40.40.4 
Breakdown by:  
          Total No. of Dental Specialists324333350 
        ►  Public102106112 
        ►  Non-Public215219232 
        ►  Not in Active Practice78
          Total No. of General Dental Practitioners1,7361,8651,943 
        ►  Public347380365 
        ►  Non-Public1,3261,4251,516 
        ►  Not in Active Practice636062 
   
Total No. of Oral Health Therapists4400401416 
  ►  Public228229225 
  ►  Non-Public144128144 
  ►  Not in Active Practice284447 
   
Total No. of Pharmacists2,7572,8753,047 
  ►  Public1,3071,3671,472 
  ►  Non-Public1,2211,2481,344 
  ►  Not in Active Practice229260231 
Pharmacist to Population Ratio1:2,0101:1,9501:1,840 
Pharmacist per 1,000 Population0.50.50.5 
   
Total No. of Optometrists and Opticians52,6242,6502,605 
  ►  Public 156166175 
  ►  Non-Public2,3452,2652,316 
  ►  Not in Active Practice123219114 
Optometrist and Optician to Population Ratio1:2,2131:2,3071:2,253 
Optometrist and Optician per 1,000 Population0.50.40.4 
   
Total No. of Occupational Therapists69671,0671,125 
  ►  Public 498521512 
  ►  Non-Public429477508 
  ►  Not in Active Practice4069105 
    
Total No. of Physiotherapists61,5491,6931,814 
  ►  Public 877899882 
  ►  Non-Public606682765 
  ►  Not in Active Practice66112167 
    
Total No. of Speech Therapists6474524595 
  ►  Public 212215232 
  ►  Non-Public244269307 
  ►  Not in Active Practice
184056 
    
Total No. of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Physicians72,8082,8682,952 
  ►  Active Practice2,2172,2412,243 
  ►  Not in Active Practice591627709 
   
Total No. of Acupuncturists8249247254 
  ►  Active Practice152146139 
  ►  Not in Active Practice97101115 

Notes:
1 Includes doctors registered under Temporary Registration for service provision from Year 2010 onwards.            

2 Advanced Practice Nurses(APN) are subset of Registered Nurses.

Refers to Division I and II dentists.

Registration of Oral Health Therapists started in 2008.

5 Optometrists and Opticians were officially registered with the enactment of Optometrists and Opticians Act in 2008.

Registration of Allied Health professionals (Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists) started in 2013. 

7 Registration of TCM physicians started in 2002.

8 Registration of Acupuncturists started in 2001. Figures refer to those registered only as Acupuncturists.


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