Public health and Covid-19 in Singapore

Healthcare in Singapore

Healthcare in Singapore is one of the most effective worldwide.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment, this age in Singapore is 81.5 years for men and 86.1 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 11.5 years lower (men: 69.8 / women: 74.9 years).

A total of 2,632.71 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 4.1 percent of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,115.01 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).

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Spread of COVID-19 in Singapore

Since the beginning of the pandemic until March 31st, 2023, a total of 2,255,812 infected people and 1,722 deaths have been reported in Singapore.

The total of 2,255,812 infected people currently represents 38.56 percent of the total population.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 14.90 million vaccine doses have been administered as of March 21st, 2023. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. There are 5.16 million people who have received at least one vaccination (88.1 percent). The booster vaccination was received by 4.63 million people (79.1 percent).

5.12 million of these are considered fully vaccinated in Singapore (= 87.5 percent).
This makes Singapore one of the best-supplied countries in the world. The vaccination rate is higher in 17 countries.

Weight and size

Body height173 cm161 cm
Weight72.8 kg60.2 kg


SingaporeØ worldwide
Diabetes *5.50%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.00%0.03%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

SingaporeØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.10%0.08%
DTP *9.60%8.14%

* DTP is a combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.

In Singapore, 16.5 percent of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
The number of underweight newborns is 10 percent.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in SingaporeMedical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Singapore is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 2.5 hospital beds per 1,000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 12,600 physicians in Singapore, there are about 2.31 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1,000 inhabitants and in the EU is 3.57.

Through medical care, the mortality of major known diseases can be reduced to an above-average extent. For example, only about 10 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Drinking water supply

The drinking water supply in Singapore is 100 percent tapped for all inhabitants. Only very few countries achieve this standard, where every inhabitant has a water connection in the immediate vicinity with tested drinking water. In a global comparison, only about 74 percent of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 98 percent. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10 percent.


The above data correspond to the information from the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the COVID-19 come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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