08 Mar 2018 @ 9:06 PM 

No Reason – Seven Nations* – Old Ground


The World Health Organization has carried out the first ever analysis of the world’s health systems. Using five performance no Reason – Seven Nations* – Old Ground to measure health systems in 191 member states, it finds that France provides the best overall health care followed among major countries by Italy, Spain, Oman, Austria and Japan. 37 out of 191 countries according to its performance, the report finds.

The United Kingdom, which spends just six percent of GDP on health services, ranks 18 th . San Marino, Andorra, Malta and Singapore are rated close behind second- placed Italy. WHO Director-General Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland says: “The main message from this report is that the health and well- being of people around the world depend critically on the performance of the health systems that serve them. Yet there is wide variation in performance, even among countries with similar levels of income and health expenditure. Dr Christopher Murray, Director of WHO’s Global Programme on Evidence for Health Policy.

Although significant progress has been achieved in past decades, virtually all countries are under- utilizing the resources that are available to them. The impact of failures in health systems is most severe on the poor everywhere, who are driven deeper into poverty by lack of financial protection against ill- health, the report says. The poor are treated with less respect, given less choice of service providers and offered lower- quality amenities,” says Dr Brundtland. In trying to buy health from their own pockets, they pay and become poorer. Many health ministries focus on the public sector and often disregard the frequently much larger private sector health care. In many countries, some if not most physicians work simultaneously for the public sector and in private practice. This means the public sector ends up subsidizing unofficial private practice.

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