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The 19 countries with the world's best healthcare systems

The 19 countries with the world's best healthcare systems
The 19 countries with the world's best healthcare systems - Business Insider

The Legatum Institute, a London-based research institute, released its 10th annual global Prosperity Index in November.

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The Legatum Institute, a London-based research institute, released its 11th annual global Prosperity Index in November, a huge survey that ranks the most prosperous countries in the world.

The organisation compares over 100 variables to come up with its list, splitting those variables into nine subindexes. One of the big components of the ranking is how healthy a country's people are.

Health is measured by three key components by the Legatum Institute: a country's basic mental and physical health, health infrastructure, and the availability of preventative care.

The countries that have the best scores in the Prosperity Index, and therefore rank as the world's healthiest, are generally big, developed economies with large amounts of resources.

While Britain just about makes the top of the list, the United States misses out, ranking just 30th overall in the world for the standard of its healthcare services.

19. United Kingdom — Britain's National Health Service is the jewel in the crown of the British welfare state, offering free-at-the–point-of-access care for all citizens. The NHS is a constant source of controversy within British politics, but still ranks as one of the best healthcare systems on the planet.

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18. France — Famed for the quality of its health services, France is close to the top of the pile. The country's average life expectancy is 83.

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17. New Zealand — New Zealand is one of the most active countries in the world, with the nation punching well above its weight in international sporting competitions. It has an average life expectancy of 81.5 years.

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A group of school children perform their Haka for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at the Bukekura Park in New Plymouth, New Zealand.
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16. Spain — According to Expatica, "Spain spends about 10% of its GDP on healthcare, and is ranked sixth in the EU for the number of doctors with around four doctors per 1,000 people."

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A man wearing a Spanish flag gives "free hugs" in central Barcelona, Spain, October 9, 2017.
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15. South Korea — South Korea's healthcare system is funded through the mandatory National Health Insurance Scheme, and covers around 97% of the country's population. The life expectancy in the country is 82.2 years.

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14. Finland — According to Finland Health, the country has the highest rate of satisfaction with its healthcare system of any in Europe. Finland's life expectancy is 81.4 years.

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13. Qatar — The best standards of health in the Middle East can be found in wealthy Qatar. The nation has recently taken steps to implement a universal healthcare system across the entire country.

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Pupils at the Amna Mahmoud Al Jeddah Primary Independant School for Girls wait for the arrival of the Duchess of Cornwall on day four of the Royal tour to the Middle East in Doha, Qatar.
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12. Germany — Despite a love of beer and sausages, Germans are some of the world's healthiest people. The country's average life expectancy is 81.1 years.

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11. Belgium — The country has universal healthcare, but also requires mandatory health insurance for all citizens.

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10. Australia — With great weather and low pollution, Australia ranks as the healthiest nation in the southern hemisphere. Its average life expectancy is 82.8, the 4th highest in the world.

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9. Hong Kong — The tiny city-state of Hong Kong has 11 private and 42 public hospitals to serve its population of just over 7.2 million people. In 2012, women in Hong Kong had the longest average life expectancy of any demographic on earth.

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8. Netherlands — For three consecutive years the Netherlands has gained the number one spot at the top of the annual Euro health consumer index, which compares healthcare systems in Europe, scoring over 900 points out of 1000 each time.

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7. Norway — Norway, along with its Scandinavian counterparts, often comes close to global quality of life rankings, and one reason is the health of its citizens. The country's healthcare system is free for children under 16, but adults must pay for services. The country spends more per person on healthcare than any other country on earth.

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6. Sweden — Northern European countries like Sweden score highly on most healthcare rankings. Swedish men have the 4th highest life expectancy of any nation, living to an average of 80.7 years.

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5. Austria — The central European state has a healthcare system based on mandatory health insurance. Austrians pay a premium of around €25 per month for their health services.

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4. Japan — The country's life expectancy is 83.7, the highest on the planet. That has caused demographic issues in the country, with its population ageing rapidly.

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3. Switzerland — Rich, beautiful, and incredibly healthy. Switzerland has pretty much all anyone could want from a country. Its healthcare service is universal and is based upon the mandatory holding of health insurance by all citizens.

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2. Singapore — Another small city-state to make the top of the Prosperity Index's health sub-index. Singapore's close to six million citizens have an average life expectancy of 83.1 years old.

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1. Luxembourg — Nestled between Belgium, France, and Germany, the wealthy nation of Luxembourg tops the Legatum Institute's health sub-index. The country's average life expectancy is 82.

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Frozen trees line a road near Junglinster, Luxembourg.
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