Geographical accessibility analysis of healthcare facilities for elderly population in Singapore

Authors: Kai Cao*, National University of Singapore, Bo Huang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Topics: Geography and Urban Health, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Spatial Analysis & Modeling
Keywords: Geographical accessibility; Healthcare services; GIS; Singapore
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Truman, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Accessibility of healthcare services is one of the critical aims for the government to enable seniors to age in place in Singapore. There are already many relevant studies that could contribute to this field (Alsnih & Hensher, 2003; Cao, Mokhtarian, & Handy, 2010; Grothe, Nijkamp, & Scholten, 1996; Memken & Earley, 2007; Pearce, Witten, & Bartie, 2006; Verschuur, 2013). However, it hasn’t been paid enough attention in Singapore, even Koh, Leow, and Wong (2015) has studied the mobility of the elderly in densely populated neighbourhoods in Singapore through a perception survey. This research will bridge the gap by conducting systematic and in-depth analyses based on multiple categories of datasets and innovative methods to reflect the “real” profile of accessibility (geographical accessibility) of these elderly healthcare facilities for elderly population in different districts of Singapore, in order to bring more comprehensive understanding of “accessibility” of healthcare facilities for elderly population and provide constructive suggestions to the government for better addressing the issues caused by ageing and other elderly related policy and decision making, so as to truly enable elderly to age in Place and build a liveable and sustainable society for all ages in Singapore.

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