The latest Best Countries rankings examined how people around the globe perceive the quality of the healthcare system in their countries of residence, and found Denmark to be perceived as having the most well-developed public healthcare system in the world. Sweden ranked 2nd on the list, followed by Canada in 3rd place.
The quality and efficiency of a country’s health care system can have a massive impact on its inhabitants' quality of life. The health of a nation depends largely on how the system can cater for their people, which is why a good public health care system is so important.
Why do some healthcare systems stand out from the rest of the world? Take a look at the list of countries that made it to the top 10 in this ranking, and read on to find out why Denmark, Sweden and Canada topped the index!
TOP 10 MOST WELL-DEVELOPED PUBLIC HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS
- United Kingdom
- New Zealand
In first place, we have Denmark. The Danish health care system is of exceptional quality and it is predominantly financed through income tax. Denmark has one of the highest tax rates in the world – but research has found that Danes are generally happy to pay high taxes in exchange for good public social benefits, which include a universal health care system that provides them with mostly free medical care. All permanent residents are entitled to a national health insurance card, and most examinations and treatments are free of charge.
Ranking 2nd place in the list; Sweden is characterized by high standards of quality care and above-average healthcare spending. The country counts with a high proportion of doctors and a well-connected network consisting of public hospitals and private clinics. Even though upfront payments are the norm, the fees are reasonable and prescriptions are subsidized. Only about 600,000 Swedes have a private health plan, which is usually covered by their employers and can be helpful to skip queues for treatment.
Canada ranks third in the list. Its universal, publicly funded health care system is a group of socialized health insurance plans providing coverage to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Every citizen is provided with preventative care, medical treatment, access to hospitals and dental surgery. Canada holds a remarkably high life expectancy rate, which many attribute to the efficiency of its health care system.
Source: Based on information from Best Countries project by U.S. News, The Guardian, International Health Care System Profiles by The Commonwealth Fund and Canadian Health Care.