Singapore is one of the 16 developed non-OECD countries.
According to the Global Peace Index survey 2010, Singapore is the 30th most peaceful country in the world. Only four other Asian countries ranked higher than Singapore (Japan, Qatar, Oman and Malaysia).
(Source: Vision of Humanity)
Six years of basic education is compulsory in Singapore.
(Source: Ministry of Education)
In 2010, the literacy rate in Singapore was 95.9%.
In 2010, 57.3% of women and 64.8% of men (aged 25 and older) were reported to have acquired at least secondary education.
Singapore future development plans include the implementation of infocomm technology in the education sector for better learning. The IDA (Infocomm Development Authority) has charted digitalization programmes: iN2015 Education and Learning plan, EdVantage and BackPackLIVE! These are supported by the Ministry of Education and Microsoft Singapore.
(Source: Infocomm Development Authority)
Singapore has maintained a highly efficient healthcare system. Foreign expatriates from neighbouring countries travel to Singapore’s medical centres in more serious cases. Singapore has sophisticated and well-equipped healthcare facilities. The WHO (World Health Organisation) has rated the healthcare industry in Singapore as one of the most advanced and well developed sectors in the world.
The Ministry of Health governs the healthcare sector in Singapore. Health facilities are provided under five categories :Alexandra Health Pte Ltd, Jurong Health Services, the National Healthcare Group (NHG), National University Health System and Singapore Health Services (SingHealth).
The private sector provides approximately 80% of primary healthcare services. Residential healthcare centres such as community hospitals, rehabilitation centres, shelter-homes for the elderly and nursing homes are present across the country.
The government subsidizes public hospitals and clinics to make healthcare affordable to all. It is mandatory for citizens to keep a medical savings account called ‘Medisave.’ Only financially stable income groups pay for their share of medical service.
The health sector also provides employment to a large population. In 2009, the healthcare industry employed 60,800 people.
The IDA, along with the Ministry of Health and the Enterprise Challenge initiated a programme- ‘Healthcare Call for Collaboration’. This programme applies infocomm solutions to the healthcare industry. General practitioners can connect to the national network, co-ordinate with other hospitals and plan patient’s treatment through accessible clinical databases.
(Sources: Ministry Of Health, National Statistics, Telegraph)