Healthcare is one of the most essential and basic rights of all the individuals around the world. The governments of the following 10 countries take this responsibility very seriously and provide the best healthcare to their citizens.
Taiwan secures the top position in the list of top ten healthcare systems as the Taiwanese government manages all the healthcare costs itself. Taiwan has a very unique system of mart cards which carry the complete medical info of each citizen from birth. It reduces the paperwork and makes it easy for doctors to make a diagnosis. All these factors reduce the additional costs. The elderly and those who find the system unaffordable are given subsidies as this is an employment-based system.
The Swiss have managed to provide universal coverage for more than two decades starting in 1994 through private insurance. Switzerland ranks next to U.S on the scale of most expensive healthcare costs. Contrary to U.S, the Swiss system is not employment-based. Citizens are provided with a variety of private plans and if they can’t afford it, they are given subsidies from the government. The best part is that the premium is equal for everyone and to top it all off, the private insurance providers do not have the permits to price basic healthcare although they may price the dental and alternative medicine.
China has had major healthcare reforms in the recent years. The credit mainly goes to the allotment of $124 billion for health care by Chinese government, guaranteeing health insurance to at least 90% of the population. 700,000 new clinics are also in the making for its citizens.
Emerging as one of the top citizen-oriented countries, Canadian governments have managed to provide suitable healthcare to their citizens. This amazing healthcare system is funded via the income of the Canadians and sales taxes. Government is responsible for all the healthcare costs apart from dentistry, optometry, and prescription drugs.
The British have quite a rationalized healthcare system. The government is responsible for not only employing the doctors but also managing the hospitals in addition to the payment of people’s insurance. So basically all the medical facilities and services are prepaid except the prescription drugs. These service border at the cost of $45,000 so, NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence)is responsible for approving the request to avail it.
It is mandatory for Germans to purchase medical insurance and they can do it through non-profit funds. 200 plans are available and no citizen can be denied coverage in any situation, even if there is a pre-existing condition. The working class manages this system very smartly by dedicating 8% of their salaries into a sickness fund. The employers are responsible to match that percentage to manage the fund.
Children are the responsibility of taxpayers and those can’t afford it can avail public assistance. Germany has been able to significantly decrease the rates of prevalent diseases such heart conditions and diabetes with the help of disease management programs. The doctors or nurses provide counseling by following up on patients.
France has managed to secure its position amongst the top healthcare systems in the world through a people-funded universal health care system. French citizens contribute funds based on their income. Consequently, the government is able to compensate almost 70% medical bills of its citizens.
The French people can freely choose any health provider they prefer. Those who can afford can also opt for a private plan. France has managed to reduce the fatality rate by basic healthcare and people get the value of their money along with best healthcare.
Japan has a very advance and people-oriented approach towards healthcare systems. This has allowed the life-expectancy rate to reach an average of 86 years. Japanese not only boast of the lowest per capita health care costs in comparison to other Asian countries, they also claim the top recovery rates from serious conditions around the world. They also have a high infant-mortality rate as there are only three deaths for every 1000 successful births.
Italians have an average life expectancy of 80.5 years which has helped it secure the 12th rank in the world for life expectancy rates. Most of the citizens have no private insurance coverage as most of their healthcare needs are covered by their government. The most surprising part is that even with the government covering the costs, they have lowest healthcare rates per capita compared to the first world nations like the U.S, UK, Canada, and Switzerland. Quality healthcare is provided to Italians in both public and private sectors.
Despite the fact that the Cuban government may be highlighted in the controversies regarding healthcare, they still can be beaten in the preventive care. Cuban citizens are encouraged to maintain healthy lifestyles through physical fitness and healthy eating along with good hygiene. The government even has expert practitioners who inspect each and every household to monitor the health and hygiene conditions.