Nicola Mills https://www.id-medical.com 2m 237
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The NHS is a huge source of pride in the UK, with over half of NHS staff working unpaid overtime every single week, working around the clock to treat patients of the UK.
But what are healthcare systems like in other countries around the world?
ID Medical have ranked OECD countries on metrics such as healthcare spend as a % of GDP, number of hospital beds, doctors and nurses per capita and average life expectancy, to reveal which countries have the best healthcare systems. You can view their findings in this graphic here.
Here are some of the key findings from the research:
Japan has the best healthcare system overall, scoring 72 out of 100
Japan has the highest number of beds, doctors & nurses per capita along with the highest life expectancy at 85.7 years
Italy spends the most on healthcare, at 18.9% of GDP
In joint second place are Germany and Switzerland, with a score of 71 out of 100
Swizterland spends the most on healthcare, per capita, at $9,000
Despite the UK spending more on healthcare, per capita, than Finland, Spain, Iceland and Latvia, these countries still outrank the UK in their healthcare systems overall
The UK also ranks 20th for the number of doctors and nurses per capita
Latvia spends the least, per capita, on healthcare yet still ranks 8th overall
With the exception of Canada, the countries with the highest spend also score the highest for their healthcare systems overall