Countries with Universal Healthcare 2022

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Access to quality health care varies greatly by country. According to the World Health Organization, half of the world's people lack access to the health care they need. To address this shortcoming, many countries implement government-funded universal health care systems, also called universal health coverage, which offer health care to more than 90% of a country's citizens. In addition to providing almost every citizen with health care, universal health care systems are government-regulated, which ensures the care given is high-quality and affordable, so it does not inflict financial hardship on the patient. In most cases, health care through universal health care programs is free or very low cost to all citizens, regardless of their income.

Dozens of countries have some form of universal health care policies in place, but the specific implementation varies greatly from one nation to the next. The U.K. has completely free health care provided through public facilities owned by the government. Germany has a government fund that pays for coverage from private doctors and hospitals. Many countries have a blended public/private system to maximize both access and comprehensiveness. For example, South Korea, whose health care system is often considered the best in the OECD, has a universal health care system that covers up to 60% of all medical expenses—and which 77% of South Koreans supplement with private insurance to cover the remaining expenses.

Brazil is arguably the model for universal health care: Any person in Brazil—from citizens to tourists, refugees, and undocumented immigrants—is eligible to receive free and immediate medical care in whatever form they need, from primary care to surgery to prescription medications, with no previous application or paperwork necessary.

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Countries with Universal Healthcare 2022

Country 2022 Population
China1,425,887,337
India1,417,173,173
Indonesia275,501,339
Pakistan235,824,862
Brazil215,313,498
Russia144,713,314
Mexico127,504,125
Japan123,951,692
Philippines115,559,009
Egypt110,990,103
Turkey85,341,241
Germany83,369,843
Thailand71,697,030
United Kingdom67,508,936
France64,626,628
South Africa59,893,885
Italy59,037,474
Colombia51,874,024
South Korea51,815,810
Spain47,558,630
Argentina45,510,318
Algeria44,903,225
Canada38,454,327
Morocco37,457,971
Peru34,049,588
Malaysia33,938,221
Ghana33,475,870
Australia26,177,413
North Korea26,069,416
Taiwan23,893,394
Burkina Faso22,673,762
Sri Lanka21,832,143
Romania19,659,267
Chile19,603,733
Netherlands17,564,014
Rwanda13,776,698
Tunisia12,356,117
Belgium11,655,930
Cuba11,212,191
Sweden10,549,347
Czech Republic10,493,986
Greece10,384,971
Portugal10,270,865
Israel9,038,309
Austria8,939,617
Switzerland8,740,472
Hong Kong7,488,865
Serbia7,221,365
Bulgaria6,781,953
Singapore5,975,689
Denmark5,882,261
Finland5,540,745
Norway5,434,319
New Zealand5,185,288
Costa Rica5,180,829
Ireland5,023,109
Kuwait4,268,873
Croatia4,030,358
Georgia3,744,385
Albania2,842,321
Botswana2,630,296
Trinidad and Tobago1,531,044
Mauritius1,299,469
Bhutan782,455
Macau695,168
Luxembourg647,599
Suriname618,040
Maldives523,787
Bahamas409,984
Iceland372,899
Seychelles107,118

Countries with Universal Healthcare 2022

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