18 percent of DocDoc users are seeking Obstetricians & Gynecologists (OB/GYNs), the second most sought after type of medical specialist. General Practitioners are in third with 6.5% of all search requests. The 10 most sought after medical specialists in Singapore: 1. Dentists – 49.9% 8. Ear Nose and Throat – 1.3% 9. Urologists – 1.1% 10. Chiropractors & Osteopaths – 1.1% When it comes to medical procedures, patients in Singapore are actively seeking medical assistance in the areas of dental, gynae, dermatology, pregnancy, braces, eye and pediatrics. Plastic Surgery and non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedures such as Botox and hair removal are treatments that are rising in popularity across Singapore, according to DocDoc. “This data highlights the huge demand for dental specialist care in Singapore,” said John Sharp, President and CTO of DocDoc. “The findings indicate either an undersupply of dentists or an uptick in popularity for cosmetic dentistry, or a combination of both.” According to a story published on HRMAsia.com ( http://www.hrmasia.com/news/dentist-numbers-in-singapore-set-to-rise/120017 ), chief executive officer of Q&M Dental Group Dr. Ng Chin Siau is quoted as stating that in developed countries such as Japan and Switzerland, the ratio is one dentist to about 1,000 people.
Specialist Medical Practices in the UK Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld
According to IBISWorld industry analyst Robert Scotton, the economic downturn of 2008 squeezed government budgets and resulted in curtailment of the rate at which health-care expenditure had been growing. However, household budgets were also hit by the downturn and many who may once have invested in private health care turned to public provisions in the interest of cost-cutting. Though NHS budgets continued to grow, albeit at a reduced rate, they were insufficient to cater to rapidly rising demand. In an effort to reign in health-care expenditure and yield some of the burden to the private sector, the government oversaw wide-ranging NHS reform in 2013. The uncertainty introduced by this shakeup and frustration with an inundated public health-care system has recently encouraged patients to return to lucrative private sector treatment, bolstering industry bottom line. As a result, industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 1.6% over the five years through 2013-14, to reach 9.0 billion. For the 2013-14 financial year itself, subdued revenue growth of 0.7% is forecast. Britain’s economic recovery is happening in unison with a gradual recovery in household disposable income. Scotton adds, annoyance with an oversubscribed NHS is likely to mean more Britons opt for private specialist care in coming years, helping to inflate industry revenue. Demand for industry services is expected to remain strong into the future, driven predominantly by the elderly. Medical advancements are also likely to boost demand as new treatments and less invasive remedies are made available.
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