Best Healthcare In The World 2019

Healthcare is the maintenance or improvement of health via the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illness, injury, disease, and other physical or mental impairments. Healthcare includes dentistry, psychology, nursing, medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and more. Access to healthcare varies across countries, municipalities, and individuals and is largely influenced by economic and social factors.

According to the World Health Organization, a well-functioning healthcare system requires a steady financing mechanism, a properly-trained and adequately-paid workforce, well-maintained facilities, and access to reliable information to base decisions on.

Having access to healthcare is seen as a basic human right by many people. Lack of quality healthcare can result in a poor quality of life and lower life expectancy than countries with a stable and accessible healthcare system.

How is the quality of healthcare determined? Several factors determine the level of healthcare quality in each country. These include the care process (preventative care measures, safe care, coordinated care, and engagement and patient preferences), access (affordability and timeliness), administrative efficiency, equity, and healthcare outcomes (population health, mortality amenable to healthcare, and disease-specific health outcomes). A study by The Commonwealth Fund used these metrics to rank 11 countries based on their quality of healthcare. The top-ranked countries are the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Netherlands.

Healthcare outcomes are changes in health that result from specific measures or investments. Healthcare outcomes include amenable mortality, readmission, and patient experience. The Healthcare Access & Quality (HAQ) Index ranks healthcare outcome scores on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being the best. Countries with the best healthcare systems in the world have scores between 90-96.1. The Netherlands holds the highest score of 96.1.

What countries have the best healthcare in the world?

The Legatum Institute's Prosperity Index ranked at 149 countries in several different categories, including healthcare. This report looks at factors including health infrastructure, basic mental and physical health, and the availability of preventative care. Based on the latest report, the following countries were found to have the best healthcare:

Switzerland's health care is universal and health insurance is required for all persons living in Switzerland. Unlike other European countries, Swiss healthcare is not tax-based or financed by employers, but rather it is paid for by individuals through their contribution to Swiss healthcare schemes. There are no free state-provided health services, but basic health insurance coverage covers 80-90% of healthcare costs, including outpatient treatment, emergency treatment, prescriptions, maternal medicine, vaccinations, post-operation rehabilitation, and more. Switzerland combines private, subsidized private, and public healthcare systems to provide its citizens with a large network of qualified doctors, best-equipped medical facilities and hospitals, and no waiting lists.

Finland's healthcare system is believed to be one of the best in the world. Healthcare in Finland is a highly decentralized, three-level, publicly funded system. Municipalities are responsible for offering their residents healthcare services. Funding comes from two sources: municipal financing based on taxes that is used to provide primary healthcare services and National Health Insurance (NHI), which is financed with compulsory fees. NHI funds private healthcare, occupational healthcare, and outpatient care. In a European Commission survey, 88% of Finnish respondents stated that they were satisfied with their healthcare.

Country Healthcare Rank Population 2019
France165,129,728
Italy260,550,075
San Marino333,860
Andorra477,142
Malta5440,372
Singapore65,804,337
Spain746,736,776
Oman84,974,986
Austria98,955,102
Japan10126,860,301
Norway115,378,857
Portugal1210,226,187
Monaco1338,964
Greece1410,473,455
Iceland15339,031
Luxembourg16615,729
Netherlands1717,097,130
United Kingdom1867,530,172
Ireland194,882,495
Switzerland208,591,365
Belgium2111,539,328
Colombia2250,339,443
Sweden2310,036,379
Cyprus241,198,575
Germany2583,517,045
Saudi Arabia2634,268,528
United Arab Emirates279,770,529
Israel288,519,377
Morocco2936,471,769
Canada3037,411,047
Finland315,532,156
Australia3225,203,198
Chile3318,952,038
Denmark345,771,876
Dominica3571,808
Costa Rica365,047,561
United States37329,064,917
Slovenia382,078,654
Cuba3911,333,483
Brunei40433,285
New Zealand414,783,063
Bahrain421,641,172
Croatia434,130,304
Qatar442,832,067
Kuwait454,207,083
Barbados46287,025
Thailand4769,625,582
Czech Republic4810,689,209
Malaysia4931,949,777
Poland5037,887,768
Dominican Republic5110,738,958
Tunisia5211,694,719
Jamaica532,948,279
Venezuela5428,515,829
Albania552,880,917
Seychelles5697,739
Paraguay577,044,636
South Korea5851,225,308
Senegal5916,296,364
Philippines60108,116,615
Mexico61127,575,529
Slovakia625,457,013
Egypt63100,388,073
Kazakhstan6418,551,427
Uruguay653,461,734
Hungary669,684,679
Trinidad And Tobago671,394,973
Saint Lucia68182,790
Belize69390,353
Turkey7083,429,615
Nicaragua716,545,502
Belarus729,452,411
Lithuania732,759,627
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines74110,589
Argentina7544,780,677
Sri Lanka7621,323,733
Estonia771,325,648
Guatemala7817,581,472
Ukraine7943,993,638
Solomon Islands80669,823
Algeria8143,053,054
Palau8218,008
Jordan8310,101,694
Mauritius841,269,668
Grenada85112,003
Antigua And Barbuda8697,118
Libya876,777,452
Bangladesh88163,046,161
Bosnia And Herzegovina903,301,000
Lebanon916,855,713
Indonesia92270,625,568
Iran9382,913,906
Bahamas94389,482
Panama954,246,439
Fiji96889,953
Benin9711,801,151
Nauru9810,756
Romania9919,364,557
Saint Kitts And Nevis10052,823