Last year, 60% of doctors registered in Singapore belonged to foreigners. This is a worrying sign and it shows how our government falls short of trying to use meritocracy as a way of limiting our home-grown local talents from studying medicine here. Each year, less than 300 Singaporeans are admitted to our Singapore Medical School. Many Singaporeans, who aspire to be doctors, have no choice but to venture abroad paying close to $400, 000 to study medicine and many never return home in the process…eventually ironically our doctors’ short-fall is filled up by foreign doctors. Below is a post from a website advertising for foreign doctors to work in Singapore.
BY ADMIN ON JANUARY 21, 2009
I have heard doctors from around the region as well as from other parts of the world say that they like or would like to work in Singapore. Below you will find their top 12 reasons for saying so.
1. Singapore Has A World-Class Infra-Structure
It has many centres of medical excellence including the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. More growth is coming our way. The Khoo Teck Puat hospital is planned to be opened in 2010, the Jurong General Hospital in 2015.
2. Singapore Has Leading Medical Advances And Technology
With more and more academics and medical researches and the Duke-NUS Singapore Graduate Medical School we will create medical breakthroughs. Singapore has already succeeded in growing liver cells. It was the first in Asia to perform a combined kidney and bone-marrow transplant.
3. Singapore’s Medical Research Is Thriving
Biopolis Phase I was opened in September 2003 and Phase II was opened in October 2006. The Biopolis is a purpose-built biomedical research hub where researchers from the public and private sectors are co-located.
4. Singapore Is A Hotspot For Knowledge Exchange For Medical Professionals
Singapore is strategically located and well connected. Thus it is a popular place for international medical conferences and meetings.
Some conferences that Singapore hosted included the International Medical Eye Congress, the Asian Pacific Congress of Cardiology, the 3rd 2005 World Congress of Nephrology, the 18th Wonca World Conference – Genomics & Family Medicine, and the 13th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering 2008.
An example of an up-coming one would be the 2009 International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Technology (ICBBT 2009) to be held in Singapore on 17-20 April 2009.
5. There Is Increasing Opportunities In Research, Training And Service
There are more than 80 healthcare-related companies in Singapore.
Just to name a few, we have Glaxo-SmithKline, Baxter Healthcare, Philips Healthcare and Siemens Medical.
The growth of these Companies offers wide opportunities for medical professionals in the areas of research, teaching and patient service.
6. Singapore Is A Dynamic Medical Hub
It’s aim is to become Asia’s premier medical hub and to attract 1 million foreign patients annually by 2012.
7. Affordable Cost Of Living
Singapore has one of the lowest income taxes in the world. Coupled with the provision of quality housing & schools, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2005 have ranked people in Singapore as having the best quality of life in Asia.
8. Singapore Is A Vibrant Garden City
Singapore has even been called a city in a garden. It is also among the cleanest in the world.
Daily living is easy with modern housing, transport, education and recreation.
In 2003, PERC rated Singapore as having the “Best quality physical infrastructure in Asia”. In 2005, the Economist also named Singapore as “the best place to live in Asia” because it has so many options for entertainment and dining.
9. Singapore Is A Multi-Cultural Society
Thus living in Singapore is a unique experience of diverse religions, cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Singapore’s multi-cultural society of more than 4 million is reflected in its major ethnic groups: Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians.
With such diversity, Singapore has always opened its arms to international talent from all over the world.
10. Singapore Provides A Safe Home For All
Singapore is well known as one of the most stable societies in Asia. It does all it can to uphold racial and religious harmony.
11. Doctors From Asian Countries Like Singapore’s Proximity To Their Homes
Singapore is well liked by other Asians because it is near their home countries. Besides, Singapore is also located near good tourist spots and would offer good quality lifestyle in the long term.
12. Singapore Has Strict Laws On Drinking And Smoking
Some of you who don’t drink or smoke would find the strict laws in Singapore good for you.
This is especially so for those who hate the smell of cigarette smoke.
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