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He Ting Ru on Building a Healthier SG

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With a proposed shift towards placing family doctors at the heart of Singapore’s healthcare system, it is crucial that they do not end up facing an unfair burden and longer hours, said MP He Ting Ru. She asked how the Ministry of Health intends to meet its projection that 3,500 family doctors will be needed by 2030, and whether it might consider lowering the barriers for foreign-trained Singaporean doctors to come home to practise. Ms He also said existing issues faced by family doctors must be addressed. These include the fact that many, especially solo practitioners, are often effectively running a small business, with all the attendant challenges that brings. She also noted that family medicine is viewed as being of lesser status and not as well remunerated, which could lead to it not being seen as a career of choice. Ms He spoke during the debate on the White Paper on Healthier SG in Parliament on Tuesday (Oct 4).

With a proposed shift towards placing family doctors at the heart of Singapore’s healthcare system, it is crucial that they do not end up facing an unfair burden and longer hours, said MP He Ting Ru. She asked how the Ministry of Health intends to meet its projection that 3,500 family doctors will be needed by 2030, and whether it might consider lowering the barriers for foreign-trained Singaporean doctors to come home to practise. Ms He also said existing issues faced by family doctors must be addressed. These include the fact that many, especially solo practitioners, are often effectively running a small business, with all the attendant challenges that brings. She also noted that family medicine is viewed as being of lesser status and not as well remunerated, which could lead to it not being seen as a career of choice. Ms He spoke during the debate on the White Paper on Healthier SG in Parliament on Tuesday (Oct 4).

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