Singaporeans may be the world’s longest-living people, but they are also living a slightly greater proportion of their lives in poor health compared with about 30 years ago.
HOW MUCH LONGER ARE SINGAPOREANS LIVING?
- Life expectancy: 84.8 years in 2017 compared with 76.1 years in 1990, an increase of 8.7 years
- Healthy life expectancy (which assesses quality of health): 74.2 years in 2017 compared with 67.1 years in 1990, an increase of 7.2 years
- Singaporeans spent 10.6 years in ill health in 2017, about 1.5 years longer than they did in 1990
- A person born in 2017 would live an estimated 12.5% of his life in ill health, compared with 11.8% for a person born in 1990