Every year, the Legatum Institute releases a health prosperity index, ranking the world’s healthcare systems based on the basic health of its citizens, quality of preventative care and health infrastructure. Keep reading to find out about the top five healthcare systems from Legatum’s latest index.
5. The Netherlands
Health insurance is compulsory for all citizens in the Netherlands, and for those that cannot afford insurance the Dutch government provide financial support. Over EUR 4,000 per citizen and more than 10% of GDP is spent by the government on health. This is amongst the highest amount within the entire EU.
Unlike most developing countries, the Netherlands doesn’t struggle with high levels of obesity, saving them from a lot of related illnesses like high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Maybe more countries should take up their obsession with bike riding!
Japan’s public-private hybrid healthcare system saves the government a lot of money and enables the country to provide a high quality service. In fact, it is one of the cheapest healthcare systems in the world.
It also helps that a traditional Japanese diet consists of a lot of fish, vegetables and fermented food, preventing many health problems from arising. With barely any sugar or processed food anywhere to be seen, it’s no wonder the average life expectancy in Japan is the world’s highest at 83.7 years old.
Being one of the world’s wealthiest countries in the world can’t hurt when it comes to providing an efficient healthcare system. With more money to spend on equipment, research and medical staff, Swiss citizens receive healthcare that’s up to date and efficient.
Like the Netherlands, all residents are required to have health insurance. In fact, 99.5% of Swiss citizens have it. Healthcare inflation is therefore kept to a minimum as private insurers must compete on price and service.
Singapore is another country with a hybrid healthcare system, sharing medical costs between patients and the state. A number of plans are in place to ensure all citizens can afford health care without relying heavily on the government. These plans are dependant on a variety of indicators such as salary income and life-status.
Less money spent by the state on patients enables hospitals to be renovated and more doctors and nurses to be recruited. As a result, Singapore has a very high average life expectancy (83.1 years) as well as low rates of infant mortality at just 2 per 1,000 births (in 2015).
Top of the list for a third year in a row is Luxembourg. Their public health fund (the Caisse de Maladie) is made up of 5.4% of each citizen’s gross income. This fund enables the country to provide its residents with free, high quality healthcare.
Luxembourg has the lowest mortality rate among the EU member states, and this is a testimony to how successful their healthcare system is. Wealthy, beautiful natural sceneries and the world’s best healthcare. Why isn’t everyone trying to move here?