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Title: Are migrant workers in Singapore receiving adequate healthcare? A survey of doctors working in public tertiary healthcare institutions
Authors: Ang, Jia Wei
Koh, Calvin J 
Chua, Brandon WB 
Narayanaswamy, Shyamala
Wijaya, Limin 
Chan, Lai Gwen
Soh, Ling Ling 
Goh, Wei Leong 
Vasoo, Shawn
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Medicine, General & Internal
General & Internal Medicine
migrant workers
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2020
Citation: Ang, Jia Wei, Koh, Calvin J, Chua, Brandon WB, Narayanaswamy, Shyamala, Wijaya, Limin, Chan, Lai Gwen, Soh, Ling Ling, Goh, Wei Leong, Vasoo, Shawn (2020-10-01). Are migrant workers in Singapore receiving adequate healthcare? A survey of doctors working in public tertiary healthcare institutions. SINGAPORE MEDICAL JOURNAL 61 (10) : 540-547. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: INTRODUCTION Migrant workers comprise about one-fifth of Singapore's resident population and form a substantial and vital component of the nation's workforce. However, limited data is available regarding the barriers that migrant workers face in accessing healthcare from the healthcare providers' perspective. METHODS We conducted a survey on doctors working in four restructured hospitals in Singapore, to assess what they perceived to be barriers faced by migrant workers in accessing healthcare. We also assessed the doctors' understanding of migrant-health-related policies in Singapore. RESULTS A total of 427 survey responses were collected. Most respondents were senior doctors (senior residents or consultants) who had been practising medicine for a median of ten years. Among doctors, the most common perceived barriers to migrant workers accessing healthcare were related to culture/language (92.3%) and finances (healthcare cost) (81.0%). Of the six questions asked pertaining to migrant healthcare policy in Singapore, the respondents achieved a median of four correctly answered questions (interquartile range 3-5), and about 55% were unaware or unsure of available resources for migrant workers. CONCLUSION Our study identified healthcare providers' perceived barriers to the delivery of healthcare to migrant workers, which corroborate previously published data reported by migrant workers themselves. Further efforts should be directed towards diminishing these barriers and increasing the literacy of migrant health among healthcare workers.
ISSN: 00375675
DOI: 10.11622/smedj.2019101
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