The World Health Report 2000 ranked the world’s health systems. The great thing about the said rankings is that the best ones can provide a model for countries that may want to redesign and improve their current systems. Here is a look to the ten of the top healthcare systems in the world and what we can learn from them.
France’s healthcare system is anchored on universality. It is designed to provide coverage to all. Health care is accessible to all citizens regardless of social status. Health contributions are mandatory. The government pays most of the costs of medical care while private insurance supplements the rest.
Healthcare system in Italy is also universal and is considered as a right of the citizens. The Servizio Sanitario Nazionale makes free or affordable healthcare accessible to citizens. This covers general aspects like doctor consultation and lab work among others.
3. San Marino
San Marino’s state-funded healthcare system is designed to provide low-cost services to its citizens. Equal access is the cornerstone of the system. The country also has its share of the best qualified medical personnel.
Andorra and France healthcare systems are strikingly similar. It is built on the social contributions from employers and employees. Some of the hospitals in the country are among the most advanced and technologically equipped in Europe.
Citizens of Malta have access to free healthcare. Insurance contributions at the national level provide the funding to make the system work. As such, Maltese people have access to public healthcare services in health centers and hospitals.
Singapore healthcare system is also anchored on universality. The government work alongside the private service providers in ensuring that citizens have access to affordable quality healthcare. The system is built on reaching that balance between the state and individual responsibility to have accessible and affordable healthcare.
Spain’s citizens are guaranteed healthcare coverage through its constitution. People have access to health care in both state-funded and private hospitals. Uninsured patients can get equal access to medical treatment.
Oman has a universal and high standard of healthcare for its citizens. The country has been investing on health services in the past years. There are many medical facilities where citizens can access the healthcare they need.
Austria provides free basic healthcare services. Citizens have a choice to avail of government-funded healthcare or pay on their own. Payment for the healthcare system is based on income.
The Japan system makes it compulsory for citizens to have a health insurance. This is usually done through employers. Another option is through a national healthcare system.