As the world enters its second year of the coronavirus pandemic, having a strong public health care system is as important as ever.
Developed countries use various approaches to provide universal coverage. Some rely on the government, as in a single-payer approach. Other nations depend on private insurers and a third group of countries, such as the United States, have a mixture of both.
Having a well-developed public health system is one of nine attributes used to develop the Quality of Life sub-ranking in the 2021 Best Countries report. The survey is based on a study that surveyed more than 17,000 global citizens from four regions to assess perceptions of 78 countries on 76 different metrics.
Here are the 10 countries viewed to have the most well-developed public health care systems. The U.S. ranks No. 22, falling seven spots on the list compared to 2020.