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Which countries have the best healthcare systems?
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Is the healthcare system in your (future) country of expatriation efficient? According to the WHO, the average life expectancy worldwide has risen sharply over the last twenty years, which suggests that the quality of care is also tending to increase. However, rankings of the world's health systems show that high-income countries are better off. Health costs are also often particularly high in these countries. Find out which countries have the best health systems.

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Rankings of world's best healthcare systems

In its 2021 study entitled Mirror, Mirror 2021 - Reflecting Poorly: Health Care in the U.S. Compared to Other High-Income Countries, the Commonwealth Fund examined the performance of health systems in 11 countries using indicators from five domains. Their objective? To evaluate the US healthcare performance by comparing it to other healthcare systems. The USA came out last in the ranking resulting from this study:

  1. Norway
  2. The Netherlands
  3. Australia
  4. United Kingdom
  5. Germany
  6. New Zealand
  7. Sweden
  8. France
  9. Switzerland
  10. Canada
  11. United States of America

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In the Bloomberg's Most Efficient Health Care 2020 ranking, which looks back at the Covid-19 pandemic, no fewer than 56 countries were examined. Asia is the clear winner of this ranking.

  1. Singapore
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Taiwan
  4. South Korea
  5. Israel
  6. Ireland
  7. Australia
  8. New Zealand
  9. Thailand
  10. Japan

Europe's best healthcare systems

The Health Consumer Powerhouse regularly publishes a report on health care systems in Europe: the Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI). This study ranks 35 countries according to the quality of their healthcare systems, taking into account 46 indicators. The top 10 best rated countries are as follows:

  1. Switzerland
  2. The Netherlands
  3. Norway
  4. Denmark
  5. Belgium
  6. Finland
  7. Luxembourg
  8. Sweden
  9. Austria
  10. Iceland

    Ranking world's healthcare systems: what criteria?

    To succeed in ranking healthcare systems around the world, surveys use a more or less significant amount of indicators.

    • The EHCI report rates health systems based on criteria such as respect for patient rights and information, access to care, services offered to patients, prevention, treatment outcomes, etc.
    • The Commonwealth Fund has five groups of indicators: access to care, care process, administrative efficiency, equity, and health care outcomes Thus, data relating to safety, waiting times, administrative organisation and equal access to care are studied.
    • Bloomberg evaluates the world's health systems by taking into account the cost of care as a percentage of GDP, the cost of care per capita, and life expectancy.

    For more information on health systems around the world:

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    The healthcare system in the United Kingdom
    The healthcare system in France
    The healthcare system in Italy
    The healthcare system in Mexico
    The healthcare system in Australia
    The healthcare system in Canada
    The healthcare system in Hong Kong


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