Singapore, with its ageing population, increasingly needs more 'generalist' doctors who are skilled enough to treat patients with multiple conditions.
"Increasingly, I think that's what we need in the health system — we need generalists," said NUS Medicine’s dean, Associate Professor Yeoh Khay Guan.
"It's not very good if our elderly parents see five doctors. It's better if there's also a generalist to look after their needs," he added.
This does not only refer to general practitioners, but also those trained in family medicine, and geriatric and palliative care.