Countries with the best heath care for expats.

The countries with the best healthcare in the world are Singapore, Japan, Switzerland, South Korea and Norway. We take a look at what else ranked well.


Singapore has been revealed as the country with the best healthcare in the world according to Legatum Institute, a UK think tank that aims to lift people out of poverty.


Now in its 13th year, the institute’s Prosperity Index ranks countries with regards to prosperity and development based on 12 sub-indexes, or ‘pillars’, one of which is health.


EVALUATING HEALTHCARE


The Prosperity Index sources data from a number of organisations including UNICEF, the World Health Organisation, the International Labour Organization and the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS to assess the quality of healthcare systems in 167 countries.

It measures the extent to which people are healthy and can access the necessary services to maintain good health including treatment, care systems, preventative measures, provisions for mental health illness, risk factors and mortality rates.


BEST HEALTHCARE IN THE WORLD


The following 10 countries have been assessed as providing the best healthcare for their population.


  1. Singapore

  2. Japan

  3. Switzerland

  4. South Korea

  5. Norway

  6. Hong Kong

  7. Iceland

  8. Denmark

  9. Netherlands

  10. Austria


“For a nation to truly prosper, its citizens must have good health. Those who enjoy good physical and mental health report high levels of wellbeing. An effective health infrastructure is critical for sustaining per capita income. Poor health keeps people from fulfilling their potential.” Baroness Philippa Stroud, CEO of the Legatum Institute


The Legatum Institute draws on years of data to evaluate which countries have improved the most. A number of factors contribute to improving healthcare in a country.

These factors include:


  • Behavioural Risk Factors

  • Preventative Interventions

  • Care Systems

  • Mental Health

  • Physical Health

  • Longevity


One obvious factor is longevity (life expectancy). The life expectancy of people in Zimbabwe has increased by more than 15 years in the last 10 years, more than any other country.


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