SINGAPORE (July 29): Eight in 10 medical practitioners say Singapore’s healthcare system should focus more on disease prevention, as Singaporeans live longer and are predisposed to chronic diseases at an earlier age. Such diseases include dementia, heart problems, osteoporosis, diabetes and cancer.

In addition, nearly half, or 49% of 203 practitioners surveyed, noted that Singaporeans will find it harder to cope with healthcare-related expenses. A majority of the respondents also believe that the best way to help Singapore cope with the challenges related to an ageing population would simply be to contain the rising costs of healthcare.

These were some of the results highlighted in the recent “Health for 100? Healthy care in Singapore” report produced by The Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by insurance group Prudential.

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