Where does your country rank when it comes to health care services?
The World Health Organization (WHO — not to be confused with WHI, or wehaveissues.org!) ranked the health systems of its 191 member states in its World Health Report 2000. It provided a framework and measurement approach to examine and compare aspects of health systems around the world. It developed a series of performance indicators to assess the overall level and distribution of health in the populations, and the responsiveness and financing of health care services. It was the organization’s first ever analysis of the world’s health systems. The WHO abandoned ranking processes due to academic criticism regarding the methodology and validity of rankings, but it’s still a reliable metric by which to gauge the quality of a country’s health care services in general.
The rankings are based on an index of five factors:
- Health (50%) : disability-adjusted life expectancy
- Overall or average : 25%
- Distribution or equality : 25%
- Responsiveness (25%) : speed of service, protection of privacy, and quality of amenities
- Overall or average : 12.5%
- Distribution or equality : 12.5%
- Fair financial contribution : 25%
The envelope please …
France! If you guessed France, you were correct!
|1. France||13. Monaco||25. Germany|
|2. Italy||14. Greece||26. Saudi Arabia|
|3. San Marino||15. Iceland||27. United Arab Emirates|
|4. Andorra||16. Luxembourg||28. Israel|
|5. Malta||17. Netherlands||29. Morocco|
|6. Singapore||18. United Kingdom||30. Canada|
|7. Spain||19. Ireland||31. Finland|
|8. Oman||20. Switzerland||32. Australia|
|9. Austria||21. Belgium||33. Chile|
|10. Japan||22. Colombia||34. Argentina|
|11. Norway||23. Sweden||35. Denmark|
|12. Portugal||24. Cyprus||36. Dominica|
Wait a second! We’re from the USA; where are we? This must be a mistake! Actually, no, it’s not a mistake. Some notable countries that didn’t crack the top 36:
- United States (38)
- Cuba (40)
- New Zealand (42)
- South Korea (59)
- Mexico (62)
- North Korea (167)
- Afghanistan (174)
- South Africa (175)
So while the United States isn’t the worst, is it not fathomable to think we could improve slightly, being the richest nation in the world? It’s imperative that you know where your local senators stand.
Please make a quick call to your senators now. Call (202) 224-3121, ask for your senators and their addresses. Write them. Or you may simply look up who your local senators are and who your local congressional representative is in your area.