Health Equity in Singapore – A Plan for Action
If you want to get a sense of how the health care system in Singapore serves all members of the population, you will find this article helpful. As you may already know, Singapore has a great health care system. However, understanding how it meets the needs of all demographics of the SIngapore population is important, rather than basing a rating of this system on how many health care facilities it has and what technology and staff are a part of the existing system.
Looking at a health care system realistically is the key to understanding how social determinants of health affect citizens who use that system. This means thinking about personal motivations and genetic make-ups.
In Singapore, the less money you earn, the more likely you are to be overweight. Some people might blame the patients, saying that it’s up to them to earn more money and make better dietary choices. This is a viewpoint which is not compassionate. The truth is that some people work very hard for very little and they struggle against a host of barriers to good nutrition, including food which is priced too high and a dearth of quality food providers in the neighbourhood. Some turn to convenience stores in order to find affordable things to eat and food offered in these areas is often of poor quality. For example, it may have a high sugar content, contain a lot of bad fats and/or be high in sodium.
It’s easier for wealthier people to find good food which is purer and better for their bodies. As well, it’s easier for them to access great places to get exercise. For example, the better and more affluent a neighbourhood is, the more likely it is to have lovely green spaces for walking, community services, such as swimming pools and gyms, and so on. In the USA, the same theme of the poor being more likely to gain excess weight is notable. For example, children who live in poorer neighbourhoods in America and who are minorities (i.e. non-white) are more likely to be overweight.
Singapore residents don’t start off on an equal footing in terms of having access to what is needed in order to enjoy good health.
This is why Singapore’s government is interested in improving health equity in Singapore, by creating a plan of action which supports citizens with more health-related challenges. The goal is to identify disparities which block people from being their healthiest and to measure data and adjust the health care system in order to improve metrics for in-need Singaporeans.
When the plan of action is implemented, resources will be allocated which take away obstacles and boost the odds of successful health outcomes.
The Future Starts Now
Since the tracking of data is being optimised, the future of the health care system in this city-state looks bright. While it will take time to learn all of the facts and then choose appropriate changes, this is a worthy goal. Singapore’s government cares about all of its people!
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