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.


 20162017
2018
Total No. of Doctors112,96713,38613,766
  ►  Public
8,358
8,573
8,819
  ►  Non-Public3,979
4,107
4,225
  ►  Not in Active Practice630
706
722 
Doctor to Population Ratio1:432
1:419
1:410 
Doctor per 1,000 Population2.32.4
2.4 
Breakdown by:  
          No. of Specialists5,0475,3385,615
        ►  Public3,299
3,523
3,741
        ►  Non-Public1,485
1,528
1,565
        ►  Not in Active Practice263
287
309
          No. of Non-Specialists7,9208,0488,151
        ►  Public5,059
5,050
5,078
        ►  Non-Public2,494
2,579
2,660
        ►  Not in Active Practice367
419
413
   
Total No. of Nurses/Midwives40,561
41,44042,125
  ►  Public24,829
25,388
25,636
  ►  Non-Public9,985
10,344
10,711
  ►  Not in Active Practice5,747
5,708
5,778
Nurse to Population Ratio1:138
1:135
1:134
Nurse per 1,000 Population7.2
7.4
7.5 
Breakdown by:  
          No. of Registered Nurses31,61532,67233,614 
        ►  Public19,618
20,313
20,734
        ►  Non-Public7,616
8,002
8,441
        ►  Not in Active Practice4,381
4,357
4,439 
          No. of Enrolled Nurses8,7818,6318,394
        ►  Public5,149
5,020
4,854
        ►  Non-Public2,322
2,301
2,241
        ►  Not in Active Practice1,310
1,310
1,299
          No. of Registered Midwives165137117 
        ►  Public62
55
48
        ►  Non-Public47
41
29
        ►  Not in Active Practice56
41
40
   
Total No. of Advanced Practice Nurses2 197218238
  ►  Public 189
203
225
  ►  Non-Public  8
10
12
  ►  Not in Active Practice
0
5
1
   
Total No. of Dentists32,1982,2932,363
  ►  Public486
477
525
  ►  Non-Public1,644
1,748
1,768
  ►  Not in Active Practice68
6870
Dentist to Population Ratio1:2,551
1:2,448
1:2,386
Dentist per 1,000 Population0.40.40.4 
Breakdown by:  
          Total No. of Dental Specialists333350305
        ►  Public106
112
113
        ►  Non-Public219
232
189
        ►  Not in Active Practice8
6
3
          Total No. of General Dental Practitioners1,8651,9432,058
        ►  Public
380
365
412
        ►  Non-Public1,425
1,516
1,579
        ►  Not in Active Practice60
62
67 
   
Total No. of Oral Health Therapists4401416389
  ►  Public229
225
217
  ►  Non-Public128
144
122
  ►  Not in Active Practice44
47
50
   
Total No. of Pharmacists2,8753,0473,216
  ►  Public1,367
1,472
1,535
  ►  Non-Public1,248
1,344
1,367
  ►  Not in Active Practice260
231
314
Pharmacist to Population Ratio1:1,950
1:1,842
1:1,753
Pharmacist per 1,000 Population0.5
0.5
0.6
   
Total No. of Optometrists and Opticians52,6502,6052,633 
  ►  Public 166
175
187
  ►  Non-Public2,265
2,316
2,332
  ►  Not in Active Practice219
114
114 
Optometrist and Optician to Population Ratio1:2,307
1:2,253
1:2,238
Optometrist and Optician per 1,000 Population0.4
0.40.4 
   
Total No. of Occupational Therapists61,0671,1251,201
  ►  Public 521
512
539
  ►  Non-Public477
508
529
  ►  Not in Active Practice69
105
133
    
Total No. of Physiotherapists61,6931,8141,967
  ►  Public 899
882
960
  ►  Non-Public682
765
804
  ►  Not in Active Practice112
167
203
    
Total No. of Speech Therapists6524595642 
  ►  Public 215
232
246
  ►  Non-Public269
307
319
  ►  Not in Active Practice
40
56
77 
    
Total No. of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Physicians72,8682,9523,004 
  ►  Active Practice2,241
2,243
2,234 
  ►  Not in Active Practice627
709
770 
   
Total No. of Acupuncturists8247254252 
  ►  Active Practice146
139
134 
  ►  Not in Active Practice101
115
118 

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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