Singapore’s younger doctors are more dedicated and firm believers in technology
At the onset of COVID-19, 81% of Singapore’s younger healthcare professionals said they are satisfied with their work, despite seeing more patients per week (116) than their peers in the United States (99) or Australia (76). Despite higher patient volumes, just 4% say work-related stress have made them consider leaving the profession, compared to 34% of those across the 15 countries surveyed, and those in the United States of America (46%) and Australia (22%).
Months into COVID-19, younger doctors here remain committed and positive – with the experiences and lessons during this period leaving them with a deeper feeling of purpose at work (57%, vs 39% average of the five countries surveyed) and a greater appreciation from patients (64%, vs 47% average of the five countries surveyed).
Notwithstanding their experiences working during the COVID-19 pandemic, 68% of younger doctors say they are more likely to stay in medicine, compared to countries like the United States of America (13%), Germany (23%), and China (50%).
With Singapore’s focus on and investments in digitalizing healthcare, younger healthcare professionals here are convinced of the potential of data and technology to improve their own work experience and that of their patients (92%, vs 74% of all countries surveyed).
They also see benefits of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and telehealth to transform healthcare, particularly during COVID-19. Almost all (97% vs. 81% average of all countries surveyed) agree that the right digital health technologies have the potential to reduce their workload, while 92% say they will improve patients’ experiences (vs.74% average of all countries surveyed), and 83% say adopting them could help decrease their stress levels (vs. 67% average of all countries surveyed).