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5.57 million

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269.1 square miles

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Singapore
One in 7 Singaporeans is over 65 years old. That number is expected to increase to 1 in 3 over the next 30 years.

Singapore is a study in what can be achieved with smart planning. In less than half a century, it transformed itself from a low income to a high income country while simultaneously creating one of the most cost effective healthcare systems in the world. The Singapore example offers proof of principle that through long term planning and innovative policymaking it is possible to develop a high quality, affordable healthcare system, even with limited resources. The geographic and economic positions of Singapore allow it to be a resource for low, middle, and high income countries as they embark on health system reforms and plan for rapidly aging populations and the accompanying demand for long term care. ACCESS Health Singapore studies approaches in the country and the resulting innovations in products and services, with the aim of translating these lessons to other country contexts. In addition to sharing our expertise through books – in healthcare delivery, technology innovations and implementation, and planning approaches – we are exploring options to bring the successful ACCESS Health Sweden Modern Aging project to Singapore.

Health Financing

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Singapore ranks sixth in the world in health outcomes yet spends less on healthcare than any other high income country, measured both as a fraction of the GDP spent on health and as expenditure per person. ACCESS Health Singapore studies the health financing planning process and approach of the government in order to understand how Singapore pays for high quality healthcare at a cost the economy can afford. We also share this knowledge with other governments looking to design or reform their own health financing strategies.

  • Pioneering Elder Care

    Pioneering Elder Care

    ACCESS Health Singapore and ACCESS Health Sweden collaborated on a study of the Singapore elderly care system, one of six models used to guide the development of the Swedish elderly care provider payment system.

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Elder and Long Term Care

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Singapore has one of the fastest aging populations in the world, resulting from a fertility rate that is well below the replacement rate and a life expectancy that is among the highest in the world. Today, one in seven Singaporeans is over sixty five years old, and that ratio is expected to increase to one in three over the next thirty years. ACCESS Health Singapore documents, analyzes, and shares lessons from the comprehensive, long term planning process of the government to reorient its healthcare system to the needs of the elderly and chronically ill.

  • A City for All Ages: National and City Planning for Demographic Change

    A City for All Ages: National and City Planning for Demographic Change

    ACCESS Health is currently undertaking a study of how Singapore plans for the healthcare needs of the future. The book is scheduled for publication in the summer 2105.

  • Pioneering Elder Care

    Pioneering Elder Care

    ACCESS Health Singapore and ACCESS Health Sweden collaborated on a study of the Singapore elderly care system, one of six models used to guide the development of the Swedish elderly care provider payment system.

  • Silverevolution

    Silverevolution

    ACCESS Health created and maintains the Silverevolution blog. Contributors describe innovations in healthcare for the elderly and chronically ill.

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