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Hong Kong and Singapore are the most efficient health care cities in the world

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Bloomberg, the international media company, has just published the results of its survey of the most efficient health care countries around the world. Bloomberg’s research looked at the cost of healthcare and life expectancy in in 56 countries around the world. Eight countries in Asia in the top “30” of the 56 countries that Bloomberg surveyed, with Hong Kong being number one and Singapore ranked number two.

Bloomberg created a health-efficiency index that rank countries that have an average lifespan of at least 70 years, GDP per-capita exceeding $5,000 and a minimum population of 5 million.

Countries                          World Rank
1.  Hong Kong
2.  Singapore
3.  South Korea
4.  Japan
5.  Taiwan
6.  China
7.  Thailand
8.  Malaysia

01
02
05
07
09
20
27
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In the rankings that were just released, Thailand moved up 14 places to No. 27, the biggest annual improvement, of any countries in the report. Thailand’s per-capita spending declined 40% to only $219, while life expectancy advanced to 75.1 years. Thailand has become a hub for international medical tourism and local Thai citizens have also benefited from the increase of medical facilities that provide medical services at low costs.

When it comes to other countries in Asia, surprisingly, Malaysia did not place in the top 56 countries. Other Asian countries that did not place in the top 56 include Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Rankings can change substantially year-over-year because of a number of factors, including currency fluctuations, recessions and volatile spending patterns relative to the slow pace of improvement in life expectancy.

Some of the other countries included in Bloomberg’s survey:

Countries                             World Rank
• Australia
• New Zealand
• Canada
• France
• Netherlands
• United Kingdom
• Germany
• United States

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15
16
16
28
35
45
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