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The 12 Countries With The World’s Best Healthcare Systems


In order to claim that one country is prosperous and well developed we have to provide a firm evidence of it. For that reason the Legatum Institute from London exists.

It’s an organization which compares how developed the counties are based on 104 variables. The most important component of the ranking is how the health system in one country works and how healthy its citizens are.

They measure how healthy the people are by three key components: health infrastructure, the basic mental and physical health in the country and how available is the preventative care.

According to their 10th annual global Prosperity Index released in November, not surprisingly, the countries ranked as the world’s healthiest are the best developed economies in the world.

Following, the 12 top countries with the world’s best healthcare systems:

1. Luxembourg

It has one of the best healthcare systems in Europe with a first – rate healthcare covering each citizen with basic medical coverage and all citizens have the right to choose their doctor, specialist and hospital. The country’s average life expectancy is 82.

2. Singapore

Its healthcare system ensures the population with primary healthcare, hospital care, long-term care and other integrated care. Singapore’s 5.6 million citizens have an average life expectancy of 83.1 years old.

3. Switzerland

Switzerland is a rich country. There are no free state-provided health services, but private health insurance is obligatory for all persons inhabiting the country.

4. Japan

The country’s life expectancy — 83.7 — is the highest on the planet. All residents of Japan are required by the law to have health insurance coverage.

5. Netherlands

They spend around 11.2 percent of GDP (gross domestic product) on health. In 2015 the Netherlands gained the number one spot at the top of the annual Euro health consumer index, which compares healthcare systems in Europe, scoring 916 of a maximum 1,000 points.

6. Sweden

Health care in Sweden is largely tax-funded, a system that ensures everyone equal access to health care services. Swedish men have the 4th highest life expectancy of any nation, living to an average of 80.7 years.

7. Hong Kong

Hong Kong has 11 private and 42 public hospitals to serve its population of just over 7.2 million people. In 2012, women in Hong Kong had the longest average life expectancy.

8. Australia

Australia is ranked as the healthiest nation in the southern hemisphere whose average life expectancy is 82.8, the 4th highest in the world.

9. Israel

Every inhabitant of Israel is insured for healthcare under the National Health Insurance Law, through payment of monthly premiums to the National Insurance Institute. The country has the 8th highest life expectancy on the planet, 82.5 years.

10. Germany

Germans are some of the world’s healthiest people. The country’s average life expectancy is 81. It is obligatory to be insured when living, working or studying in Germany.

11. BelgiumWith an average age of 81.1, Belgium’s life expectancy is just outside the world’s top 20. In Belgium, health insurance is mandatory. Basic cover is provided by the national social security system.

12. New Zealand

It has an average life expectancy of 81.6 years. Its residents and some work visa holders benefit from a public health system that is free or low cost thanks to heavy Government subsidies.

The Legatum Prosperity Index™ Rankings