Best Healthcare In The World 2021

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Healthcare is a broad term used to describe the various systems we as humans rely upon to help us maintain our personal health through the treatment (or prevention) of illness, injury, disease, and other physical or mental impairments.

Healthcare encompasses not only medical doctors and hospitals, but also dentistry, psychology, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and more.

Nationwide healthcare systems take many forms, and access to healthcare varies across countries, municipalities, and individuals and is primarily influenced by economic and social factors.

Access to healthcare is seen as a fundamental human right by many people and governments. People who lack quality healthcare are often left with a poorer quality of life and lower life expectancy than people who enjoy a stable, accessible, and affordable healthcare system. Countries with efficient and effective health care systems have overall better health outcomes than countries whose healthcase systems lag behind.

The quality of healthcare is determined by considering a wide range of factors including 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).

Identifying a top-notch healthcare system is fairly easy. Creating a definitive ranking of which countries have the best and worst healthcare systems is virtually impossible. The systems in play are incredibly complex, and there is significant debate about which factors are most important and what a perfect system looks like. But healthcare is vitally important, so health-focused organizations keep searching for that elusive best system.

The most famous nation-to-nation healthcare ranking is the World Health Organization’s report, “Measuring Overall Health System Performance for 191 Countries”, released in the year 2000. At the time, the report created a firestorm of controversy, with many critics taking exception to which criteria the report chose to measure and how those criteria were weighed and compared. That said, the report continues to be widely cited and circulated to this day.

Top 10 Countries with the Best Healthcare in the World - World Health Organization (2000)

France Italy San Marino Andorra Malta Singapore Spain Oman Austria Japan

However, subsequent reports from other organizations have used different evaluations and come up with different rankings. For example, the CEOWORLD magazine Health Care Index offered this ranking in 2021:

Top 10 Countries with the Best Healthcare in the World - CEOWORLD magazine (2021)

South Korea Taiwan Denmark Austria Japan Australia France Spain Belgium United Kingdom

The UK-based thinktank the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index, now in its 14th year, came up with this list in 2020:

Top 10 Countries with the Best Healthcare in the World - Legatum Institute (2020)

Singapore Japan South Korea Switzerland Iceland Denmark Norway Luxembourg Sweden Italy

Finally, the 2021 Best Countries rankings, a joint project between BAV Group and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, ranked the top 10 healthcare systems as follows:

Top 10 Countries with the Best Healthcare in the World - BAV Group/Wharton School (2020)

Sweden Germany Denmark Canada Switzerland Netherlands Norway United Kingdom Finland Japan

What countries have the best healthcare in the world?

Unfortunately, it’s clear that there is no single perfect answer to this question. Rather, the answer depends upon whom you ask and what criteria they use to evaluate the various systems.

However, there are some trends that one can identify in comparing the various data sets.

For example, the northern European countries tend to fare well in the more recent reports. Whether it’s Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, or a neighbor, it’s clear that Northern Europe is working hard to keep its people healthy. East Asian countries also represent well, with South Korea, Japan, and Singapore all making appearances.

Finally, it’s difficult to overlook the absence of the United States in every list. While the U.S. certainly has its share of first-class doctors and facilities, higher costs and lower availability of care continue to impact its ranking—especially when compared to countries with some form of universal health care.

Best Healthcare In The World 2021

Country Healthcare Rank 2021 Population
France165,426,179
Italy260,367,477
San Marino334,017
Andorra477,355
Malta5442,784
Singapore65,896,686
Spain746,745,216
Oman85,223,375
Austria99,043,070
Japan10126,050,804
Norway115,465,630
Portugal1210,167,925
Monaco1339,511
Greece1410,370,744
Iceland15343,353
Luxembourg16634,814
Netherlands1717,173,099
United Kingdom1868,207,116
Ireland194,982,907
Switzerland208,715,494
Belgium2111,632,326
Colombia2251,265,844
Sweden2310,160,169
Cyprus241,215,584
Germany2583,900,473
Saudi Arabia2635,340,683
United Arab Emirates279,991,089
Israel288,789,774
Morocco2937,344,795
Canada3038,067,903
Finland315,548,360
Australia3225,788,215
Chile3319,212,361
Denmark345,813,298
Dominica3572,167
Costa Rica365,139,052
United States37332,915,073
Slovenia382,078,724
Cuba3911,317,505
Brunei40441,532
New Zealand414,860,643
Bahrain421,748,296
Croatia434,081,651
Qatar442,930,528
Kuwait454,328,550
Barbados46287,711
Thailand4769,950,850
Czech Republic4810,724,555
Malaysia4932,776,194
Poland5037,797,005
Dominican Republic5110,953,703
Tunisia5211,935,766
Jamaica532,973,463
Venezuela5428,704,954
Albania552,872,933
Seychelles5698,908
Paraguay577,219,638
South Korea5851,305,186
Senegal5917,196,301
Philippines60111,046,913
Mexico61130,262,216
Slovakia625,460,721
Egypt63104,258,327
Kazakhstan6418,994,962
Uruguay653,485,151
Hungary669,634,164
Trinidad And Tobago671,403,375
Saint Lucia68184,400
Belize69404,914
Turkey7085,042,738
Nicaragua716,702,385
Belarus729,442,862
Lithuania732,689,862
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines74111,263
Argentina7545,605,826
Sri Lanka7621,497,310
Estonia771,325,185
Guatemala7818,249,860
Ukraine7943,466,819
Solomon Islands80703,996
Algeria8144,616,624
Palau8218,169
Jordan8310,269,021
Mauritius841,273,433
Grenada85113,021
Antigua And Barbuda8698,731
Libya876,958,532
Bangladesh88166,303,498
Bosnia And Herzegovina903,263,466
Lebanon916,769,146
Indonesia92276,361,783
Iran9385,028,759
Bahamas94396,913
Panama954,381,579
Fiji96902,906
Benin9712,451,040
Nauru9810,876
Romania9919,127,774
Saint Kitts And Nevis10053,544

Best Healthcare In The World 2021