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Dentists and OB/GYNs Are Medical Specialists Most Sought After in Singapore, According to DocDoc, the Leading Healthcare Specialist Portal in Asia

2013-02-07 07:45
 

SINGAPORE, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DocDoc Pte. Ltd. (http://docdoc.com), the fastest and most convenient way for patients to find the right doctor and book an appointment online, has announced new research findings culled from its platform, the largest collection of medical specialists in the Asia-Pacific region. The data shows that 49.9% of Singaporeans are searching for Dentists, the most sought after category of medical specialist. 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%
2. Obstetricians & Gynecologists - 18.0%
3. General Practitioners - 6.5%
4. Opthamologists - 5.3%
5. Cardiologists - 4.0%
6. Dermatologists - 3.9%
7. Allergists - 2.9%
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. In Singapore, the ratio is about one in 3,400.

In the same article, Singapore Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, is quoted as saying that the number of dentists in Singapore must rise in order to meet the needs of an aging population.

About DocDoc

DocDoc is the fastest and most convenient way for patients to find the right doctor and book an appointment online in Singapore and South Korea. There are 28,950 doctor profiles listed on the DocDoc platform -- firmly establishing DocDoc as the largest and most comprehensive patient-booking platform in the industry. Additionally, DocDoc has over 1,170 active, signed top doctors utilizing our platform on a daily basis to acquire new patients. DocDoc is the only healthcare portal in the world that's available in five languages including English, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Bahasa. The company's website and mobile site, as well as its mobile app for iPhone, are free for patients. DocDoc's angel investors include influential business leaders, doctors, and venture capital firms from both Asia and Silicon Valley, including Mr Koh Boon Hwee (former Chairman of DBS bank, Singtel, and Singapore Airlines), 500 Startups (leading Silicon Valley VC led by Dave McClure, formerly with PayPal and Facebook), and Jungle Ventures (a Singaporean VC, backed by the Singapore Government's NRF program).

For more details, please visit DocDoc.com.

For more information about DocDoc, please contact:
Jon Samsel, CMO, DocDoc
T: +65 6684 8880, E: jon.samsel@docdoc.com

Source: DocDoc Pte. Ltd.
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