Equality of spatial access to primary health services for Singapore's baby boomers

Liu, Yan, Wong, Shuang Yann and Jin, Tao (2009) Equality of spatial access to primary health services for Singapore's baby boomers. Asian Population Studies, 5 2: 171-188.

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Author Liu, Yan
Wong, Shuang Yann
Jin, Tao
Title Equality of spatial access to primary health services for Singapore's baby boomers
Journal name Asian Population Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1744-1730
1744-1749
Publication date 2009-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 5
Issue 2
Start page 171
End page 188
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract The ageing baby boomers in Singapore, which account for one-third of the total population in 2006, will have a profound impact on the economy, society and environment. The greatest demand is for health care services. Even though Singapore has generally been regarded as a country where primary health services are easily available to all residents, this paper identifies significant spatial variations across the island-state. In particular, accessibility in some areas with high concentration of boomers is relatively lower compared to other residential areas. This paper concludes that understanding the spatial variation in primary health service accessibility is critical to the success of future policies, which may lead to a review of the provision of such services across the island. The methodology developed in this paper is also applicable to the study of service inequalities in other Asian countries with large rural settings.
Keyword Spatial accessibility
Baby boomers
Primary health service
Geographical Information System
Singapore
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17441730902992091

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