Posted on 06 October 2011.
This list evaluates the top 10 countries with the best health care systems. The criteria are based on mortality rates, life expectancy rates and also accessibility.
According to Forbes magazine, 99.5% of Swiss Citizens have health insurance. All those who can afford to buy insurance, do so. For those who cannot access private health care insurances, the government subsidizes them. This prevents all individuals from spending more than 10% of their income on health care. All in all, everyone has to have a minimum requirement for health care. There is no option; it is mandated by the government.
When it comes to expenditures, a Harvard study identifies that the government spends 11.4% of the GDP on Health Care.
In 2000, WHO ranked France first in terms of providing the best overall health care to its citizens. French citizens enjoy universal health care that is funded by the government through income taxes. Approximately 75% of health costs are covered by the government. Additionally, there are private care facilities which allow citizens to receive surgical procedures at additional costs. These facilities are optional and are meant for those who have money. The prices set by the private physicians are fixed thanks to the government. Overall there are 3.37 doctors per 1000 people.
Italy has one of the best public-privatized health care systems. Based on life expectancy rates and infant mortality rates, the country is quite healthy. Men and women live to about 80 years of age on average.
Health care insurance is mandatory in Italy. Employers are required to pay for employee health insurances. If someone cannot access privatized health care, they can apply for the state run health plan. Everything, including drugs and medicine, outpatient care and dental care, are subsidized.
All inhabitants in Sweden have equal access to health care. The system is taxpayer funded and is decentralized. Given that Sweden has one of the best health care systems, the life expectancy rose to 79 years for men and 83 years for women in 2008. The responsibility for the health care system lies in the federal government, county councils and the municipal government.
Interestingly enough, if you are not able to work and live in Sweden, employers pay for your wages up to 14 days.
Taiwan is one of the few Asian countries to have one of the best health care systems. In 1995, it implemented universal health care. All citizens are covered by the insurance, paid out by the government. The country was able to cut costs while still covering 40% of the population when first introducing the reform. They also implemented the Smart Card, which entails all information about patients’ medical history. This cuts back on administrative work.