Healthcare Systems Ranked by the WHO

World Health Systems

How does the healthcare system in your country compare with that of other countries? The World Health Organization has ranked the overall performance of each country’s health system.

Rank Country
1 France
2 Italy
3 San Marino
4 Andorra
5 Malta
6 Singapore
7 Spain
8 Oman
9 Austria
10 Japan
11 Norway
12 Portugal
13 Monaco
14 Greece
15 Iceland
16 Luxembourg
17 Netherlands
18 United Kingdom
19 Ireland
20 Switzerland
21 Belgium
22 Colombia
23 Sweden
24 Cyprus
25 Germany
26 Saudi Arabia
27 United Arab Emirates
28 Israel
29 Morocco
30 Canada
31 Finland
32 Australia
33 Chile
34 Denmark
35 Dominica
36 Costa Rica
37 United States of America
38 Slovenia
39 Cuba
40 Brunei
41 New Zealand
42 Bahrain
43 Croatia
44 Qatar
45 Kuwait
46 Barbados
47 Thailand
48 Czech Republic
49 Malaysia
50 Poland
51 Dominican Republic
52 Tunisia
53 Jamaica
54 Venezuela
55 Albania
56 Seychelles
57 Paraguay
58 SouthKorea
59 Senegal
60 Philippines
61 Mexico
62 Slovakia
63 Egypt
64 Kazakhstan
65 Uruguay
66 Hungary
67 Trinidad and Tobago
68 SaintLucia
69 Belize
70 Turkey
71 Nicaragua
72 Belarus
73 Lithuania
74 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
75 Argentina
76 Sri Lanka
77 Estonia
78 Guatemala
79 Ukraine
80 Solomon Islands
81 Algeria
82 Palau
83 Jordan
84 Mauritius
85 Grenada
86 Antigua and Barbuda
87 Libya
88 Bangladesh
89 Macedonia
90 Bosnia-Herzegovina
91 Lebanon
92 Indonesia
93 Iran
94 Bahamas
95 Panama
96 Fiji
97 Benin
98 Nauru
99 Romania
100 Saint Kitts and Nevis
101 Moldova
102 Bulgaria
103 Iraq
104 Armenia
105 Latvia
106 Yugoslavia
107 Cook Islands
108 Syria
109 Azerbaijan
110 Suriname
111 Ecuador
112 India
113 Cape Verde
114 Georgia
115 El Salvador
116 Tonga
117 Uzbekistan
118 Comoros
119 Samoa
120 Yemen
121 Niue
122 Pakistan
123 Micronesia
124 Bhutan
125 Brazil
126 Bolivia
127 Vanuatu
128 Guyana
129 Peru
130 Russia
131 Honduras
132 Burkina Faso
133 Sao Tome and Principe
134 Sudan
135 Ghana
136 Tuvalu
137 Ivory Coast
138 Haiti
139 Gabon
140 Kenya
141 Marshall Islands
142 Kiribati
143 Burundi
144 China
145 Mongolia
146 Gambia
147 Maldives
148 Papua New Guinea
149 Uganda
150 Nepal
151 Kyrgystan
152 Togo
153 Turkmenistan
154 Tajikistan
155 Zimbabwe
156 Tanzania
157 Djibouti
158 Eritrea
159 Madagascar
160 Vietnam
161 Guinea
162 Mauritania
163 Mali
164 Cameroon
165 Laos
166 Congo
167 North Korea
168 Namibia
169 Botswana
170 Niger
171 Equatorial Guinea
172 Rwanda
173 Afghanistan
174 Cambodia
175 SouthAfrica
176 Guinea-Bissau
177 Swaziland
178 Chad
179 Somalia
180 Ethiopia
181 Angola
182 Zambia
183 Lesotho
184 Mozambique
185 Malawi
186 Liberia
187 Nigeria
188 Democratic Republic of the Congo
189 Central African Republic
190 Myanmar
   
Rank Alphabetical by Country
173 Afghanistan
55 Albania
81 Algeria
4 Andorra
181 Angola
86 Antigua and Barbuda
75 Argentina
104 Armenia
32 Australia
9 Austria
109 Azerbaijan
94 Bahamas
42 Bahrain
88 Bangladesh
46 Barbados
72 Belarus
21 Belgium
69 Belize
97 Benin
124 Bhutan
126 Bolivia
90 Bosnia-Herzegovina
169 Botswana
125 Brazil
40 Brunei
102 Bulgaria
132 Burkina Faso
143 Burundi
174 Cambodia
164 Cameroon
30 Canada
113 Cape Verde
189 Central African Republic
178 Chad
33 Chile
144 China
22 Colombia
118 Comoros
166 Congo
107 Cook Islands
36 Costa Rica
43 Croatia
39 Cuba
24 Cyprus
48 Czech Republic
188 Democratic Republic of the Congo
34 Denmark
157 Djibouti
35 Dominica
51 Dominican Republic
111 Ecuador
63 Egypt
115 El Salvador
171 Equatorial Guinea
158 Eritrea
77 Estonia
180 Ethiopia
96 Fiji
31 Finland
1 France
139 Gabon
146 Gambia
114 Georgia
25 Germany
135 Ghana
14 Greece
85 Grenada
78 Guatemala
161 Guinea
176 Guinea-Bissau
128 Guyana
138 Haiti
131 Honduras
66 Hungary
15 Iceland
112 India
92 Indonesia
93 Iran
103 Iraq
19 Ireland
28 Israel
2 Italy
137 Ivory Coast
53 Jamaica
10 Japan
83 Jordan
64 Kazakhstan
140 Kenya
142 Kiribati
45 Kuwait
151 Kyrgystan
165 Laos
105 Latvia
91 Lebanon
183 Lesotho
186 Liberia
87 Libya
73 Lithuania
16 Luxembourg
89 Macedonia
159 Madagascar
185 Malawi
49 Malaysia
147 Maldives
163 Mali
5 Malta
141 Marshall Islands
162 Mauritania
84 Mauritius
61 Mexico
123 Micronesia
101 Moldova
13 Monaco
145 Mongolia
29 Morocco
184 Mozambique
190 Myanmar
168 Namibia
98 Nauru
150 Nepal
17 Netherlands
41 New Zealand
71 Nicaragua
170 Niger
187 Nigeria
121 Niue
167 North Korea
11 Norway
8 Oman
122 Pakistan
82 Palau
95 Panama
148 Papua New Guinea
57 Paraguay
129 Peru
60 Philippines
50 Poland
12 Portugal
44 Qatar
99 Romania
130 Russia
172 Rwanda
100 Saint Kitts and Nevis
74 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
68 SaintLucia
119 Samoa
3 San Marino
133 Sao Tome and Principe
26 Saudi Arabia
59 Senegal
56 Seychelles
6 Singapore
62 Slovakia
38 Slovenia
80 Solomon Islands
179 Somalia
175 SouthAfrica
58 SouthKorea
7 Spain
76 Sri Lanka
134 Sudan
110 Suriname
177 Swaziland
23 Sweden
20 Switzerland
108 Syria
154 Tajikistan
156 Tanzania
47 Thailand
152 Togo
116 Tonga
67 Trinidad and Tobago
52 Tunisia
70 Turkey
153 Turkmenistan
136 Tuvalu
149 Uganda
79 Ukraine
27 United Arab Emirates
18 United Kingdom
37 United States of America
65 Uruguay
117 Uzbekistan
127 Vanuatu
54 Venezuela
160 Vietnam
120 Yemen
106 Yugoslavia
182 Zambia
155 Zimbabwe



Note: Not everyone agrees with the above performance ranking. We’re always suspicious of the “rankings” released by international organizations. They always seem to throw in something about “fairness” or “inequality” to make sure that the USA ranks below more collectivist-minded nations. This WHO study is no different. Here is a quote from their report that explains their overall performance rating:

“In designing the framework for health system performance, WHO broke new methodological ground, employing a technique not previously used for health systems. It compares each country’s system to what the experts estimate to be the upper limit of what can be done with the level of resources available in that country. It also measures what each country’s system has accomplished in comparison with those of other countries.”

“WHO’s assessment system was based on five indicators: overall level of population health; health inequalities (or disparities) within the population; overall level of health system responsiveness (a combination of patient satisfaction and how well the system acts); distribution of responsiveness within the population (how well people of varying economic status find that they are served by the health system); and the distribution of the health system’s financial burden within the population (who pays the costs).”

The majority of these indicators are measures of “fairness”, not total health care quality. A country can have the most highly trained doctors, advanced medical technology, and the cleanest most comfortable hospitals…but still rank below a society where the shaman-physicians give the same voodoo medicine to the tribal chief as they do to his subjects.

After 2000, the WHO no longer produced these rankings. They say it was because of the complexity of the task.

Source: WHO World Health Report (PDF file)


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