The growing population affects the health of men, women and children living in Singapore. This is supported by the Singapore Democratic Party which states that population growth increases healthcare costs through increased health care utilisation and the need for health care expansion. It can be argued that the population growth of Singapore has been growing very slowly over the past few years and thus the health care of the people is not the main concern. However, the national population and talent division (NPTD) plans to continue the calibrated rate of immigration between 15 000 and 25 000 new citizens each year to keep Singapore’s citizen population from shrinking as mentioned by TODAY newspaper.
When the amount of people in Singapore increases, hospitals and clinics will become more crowded, and more advanced medical equipment is needed to ensure that everyone receives good treatment. If none of the solutions were made by the government, the health of the average men, women and children will be worse, which shows why growing population of Singapore affect the health of men, women and children living in Singapore.
Another problem we face is the limited land we have in Singapore. Singapore has limited space to build on. We are not some big country like China or United States Of America, which has abundant land to build clinics and hospitals on. China is reported to have 69,105 hospitals in operation as of 2012. According to Hospitals SG, the website which has all the information about different hospitals in Singapore, Singapore only has a total of 29 hospitals, nine which are general hospitals, eight community hospitals and 12 specialised hospitals and institutions.
To add on, Singapore is facing a severe bed crunch in public hospitals and this has forced them to take some extraordinary measures. For example, Changi General Hospital (CGH), which has 800 beds , started housing patients waiting for beds in a large air-conditioned tent. “Our bed occupancy rate has crossed 100 percent for certain periods over the past month and some patients have waited more than 24 hours for an ‘inpatient’ bed.”(Lee, Interview with Strait Times, January 08, 2014) It may be reasoned that the cause of the severe bed crunch in the hospitals of Singapore is due to the holiday season and not by population growth or a sudden spark of an illness. However, the fact that a sudden population growth might cause another bed crunch remains. The government is planning to give Singapore citizenships to more people so that the population of our country increases. This will eventually rise as a problem to the health care in our nation eg. the bed crunch in hospitals around Singapore.