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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.

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