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.


 20172018
2019
Total No. of Doctors113,38613,76614,279
  ►  Public
8,573
8,819
9,030
  ►  Non-Public4,107
4,225
4,439
  ►  Not in Active Practice706
722
810 
Doctor to Population Ratio1:419
1:410
1:399 
Doctor per 1,000 Population2.4
2.4
2.5
Breakdown by:  
          No. of Specialists5,3385,6155,881
        ►  Public3,523
3,741
3,864
        ►  Non-Public1,528
1,565
1,682
        ►  Not in Active Practice287
309
335
          No. of Non-Specialists8,0488,1518,398
        ►  Public5,050
5,078
5,166
        ►  Non-Public2,579
2,660
2,757
        ►  Not in Active Practice419
413
475
   
Total No. of Nurses/Midwives41,440
42,12542,777
  ►  Public25,388
25,636
26,079
  ►  Non-Public10,344
10,711
11,180
  ►  Not in Active Practice5,708
5,778
5,518
Nurse to Population Ratio1:135
1:134
1:133
Nurse per 1,000 Population7.4
7.5
7.5 
Breakdown by:  
          No. of Registered Nurses32,67233,61434,609
        ►  Public20,313
20,734
21,373
        ►  Non-Public8,002
8,441
8,943
        ►  Not in Active Practice4,357
4,439
4,293
          No. of Enrolled Nurses8,6318,3948,059
        ►  Public5,020
4,854
4,663
        ►  Non-Public2,301
2,241
2,206
        ►  Not in Active Practice1,310
1,299
1,190
          No. of Registered Midwives137117109 
        ►  Public55
48
43
        ►  Non-Public41
29
31
        ►  Not in Active Practice41
40
35
   
Total No. of Advanced Practice Nurses2 218238267
  ►  Public 203
225
251
  ►  Non-Public  10
12
13
  ►  Not in Active Practice
5
1
3
   
Total No. of Dentists32,2932,3632,475
  ►  Public477
525
509
  ►  Non-Public1,748
1,768
1,881
  ►  Not in Active Practice68
70
85
Dentist to Population Ratio1:2,448
1:2,386
1:2,304
Dentist per 1,000 Population0.40.40.4 
Breakdown by:  
          Total No. of Dental Specialists350305368
        ►  Public112
113
130
        ►  Non-Public232
189
237
        ►  Not in Active Practice6
3
1
          Total No. of General Dental Practitioners1,9432,0582,107
        ►  Public
365
412
379
        ►  Non-Public1,516
1,579
1,644
        ►  Not in Active Practice62
67
84
   
Total No. of Oral Health Therapists4416389429
  ►  Public225
217
224
  ►  Non-Public144
122
141
  ►  Not in Active Practice
47
50
64
   
Total No. of Pharmacists3,0473,2163,408
  ►  Public1,472
1,535
1,616
  ►  Non-Public1,344
1,367
1,444
  ►  Not in Active Practice231
314
348
Pharmacist to Population Ratio1:1,842
1:1,753
1:1,674
Pharmacist per 1,000 Population0.5
0.5
0.6
   
Total No. of Optometrists and Opticians52,6052,6332,636
  ►  Public 175
187
210
  ►  Non-Public2,316
2,332
2,345
  ►  Not in Active Practice114
114
81
Optometrist and Optician to Population Ratio1:2,253
1:2,238
1:2,232
Optometrist and Optician per 1,000 Population0.4
0.40.4 
   
Total No. of Occupational Therapists61,1251,2011,227
  ►  Public 512
539
534
  ►  Non-Public508
529
546
  ►  Not in Active Practice105
133
147
    
Total No. of Physiotherapists61,8141,9672,020
  ►  Public 882
960
943
  ►  Non-Public765
804
834
  ►  Not in Active Practice167
203
243
    
Total No. of Speech Therapists6595642686
  ►  Public 232
246
257
  ►  Non-Public307
319
341
  ►  Not in Active Practice
56
77
88
    
Total No. of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Physicians72,9523,0043,045 
  ►  Active Practice2,243
2,234
2,284
  ►  Not in Active Practice709
770
761
   
Total No. of Acupuncturists8254252259
  ►  Active Practice139
134
124
  ►  Not in Active Practice115
118
135

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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