Eric Zuesse – Healthcare Ratings of the World’s Countries

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Healthcare Ratings of the World’s Countries

The latest (October 17th) issue, of the leading medical journal, The Lancet, provides the most detailed analyses and ratings ever, of the healthcare that is provided in each of 204 countries. These ratings are based on a comprehensive set of 42 ratios, such as, “Mortality from breast cancer for females aged 20 – 64 years” divided by “Incidence of breast cancer for females aged 20 – 64 years.” All 42 ratios are effectiveness of treatment measures. That is the only scientific way to measure the quality of a nation’s healthcare.

Here, in order, are the top 113 countries, those that score above 54, on a scale where the top score is 96 and the bottom score is 22 – which latter country (not shown here) is Central African Republic, which rated 1 or 0, totally lacking, on a number of categories. These 113 countries are listed according to their total score. So, any country that isn’t listed here can reasonably be considered to have very poor quality medical care.

SCORE COUNTRY (and rank)

96 Japan, world’s best medical care
95 Iceland, world’s second best medical care
94 Norway, world’s third best medical care
93 San Marino, Switzerland
92 Andorra, Singapore
91 Finland, France, Luxembourg, Monaco
90 Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden
89 Australia, Italy, South Korea
88 UK (ranked as N° 21)
87 Belgium (N° 22)
86 Austria, Germany
84 Denmark, Portugal
83 Malta, NZ
82 Czech Republic, Estonia, Kuwait, USA
81 Israel (N° 33)
80 Cyprus, Greece, Qatar
79 Costa Rica, Croatia, Taiwan
78 Bermuda (N° 40)
76 Peru, Puerto Rico
75 Lebanon (N° 43)
74 Chile, Colombia
73 Cuba, Poland
72 Hungary, Thailand
71 Oman, Panama
70 Albania, China, Iran,  Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania
69 Greenland, Russia, Turkey, Uruguay
68 Tunisia (N° 63)
67 Malaysia, Maldives
66 Brunei, Libya, Montenegro, Sri Lanka
65 Brazil (N° 70)
64 Bosnia, Ecuador, Guam, Saudi Arabia
63 Bulgaria, Paraguay, Serbia, UAE
62 Armenia, Cape Verde, Cook Islands, El Salvador, Moldova, Namibia, Seychelles
61 Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Bahrain, Mexico, North Macedonia, Palestine, Venezuela
60 Antigua, Northern Mariana Islands, South Africa, Vietnam
59 Kazakhstan, Rwanda, St Lucia
58 Botswana, Iraq, Morocco, Syria
57 Jamaica, Nicaragua, Ukraine
56 Georgia, Malawi, Mauritius, Trinidad

55 Philippines, Sao Tome

To find the fields of strength and of weakness in the healthcare that is provided in each country, see the tables that are presented on pages 11 – 16 of the PDF of the article, which pages also show the detailed ratings of each of the 204 nations’ medical care. However, that article provides no rankings, but only scores. The rankings that are shown in the present article are derived from the scores in that article, but are not shown in that article. That article presents the countries only in alphabetical order: it provides no rank order of them. For example: the United States was one of the four countries that were ranked lower than 28 countries, such that the next lower ranked country, after those four, Israel, ranked as being N° 33; and, therefore, the US ranked somewhere among N° 29 and 32 among the 204 nations, or, roughly, as being ranked as N° 30 or 31.

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