Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.11622/smedj.2019101
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
barriers
doctors
healthcare
migrant workers
Singapore
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2020
Publisher: SINGAPORE MEDICAL ASSOC
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. https://doi.org/10.11622/smedj.2019101
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.
Source Title: SINGAPORE MEDICAL JOURNAL
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/206459
ISSN: 00375675
DOI: 10.11622/smedj.2019101
Appears in Collections:Staff Publications
Elements

Show full item record
Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormatAccess SettingsVersion 
SMJ-61-540 (1).pdfPublished version224.47 kBAdobe PDF

OPEN

PublishedView/Download

SCOPUSTM   
Citations

8
checked on Jun 29, 2022

Page view(s)

64
checked on Jun 23, 2022

Download(s)

2
checked on Jun 23, 2022

Google ScholarTM

Check

Altmetric


Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.