Socialized Healthcare Outcomes: 10 Countries With Longer Life Expectancy Than the U.S.

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Everyone in the United States can admit that we do not have the best healthcare in the world here. Not only do we have to pay outrageous amounts of money for health insurance, but those without it could have serious debt if they have medical issues. Here are ten countries that have better healthcare than the United States.

1. Denmark

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Denmark has free public healthcare for all of its citizens and residents. The central government regulates the healthcare system, although the five regions’ local governments provide most services. Healthcare in Denmark is primarily financed through local (regional and municipal) taxation with integrated funding and provision of health care at the regional level.

The money is then disbursed to be used by the five administrative regions of the local government according to the guidelines set by the central government.

2. Germany

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In Germany, healthcare is partially free due to the social contributions to the public healthcare system. This means that individuals can receive medical services free of charge for the most part. Germany’s healthcare system is often regarded as one of the best healthcare systems in the world, offering its population universal health insurance coverage and a comprehensive benefits basket with comparably low cost-sharing requirements.

3. Sweden

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Healthcare in Sweden is not free, but it is also not expensive. In fact, Swedish healthcare costs are quite reasonable compared to other European countries. Swedish healthcare is primarily tax-funded, and the overall quality is high. The Swedish health system performs well in general, life expectancy in the country is high, and the general health among the population is good.

4. Norway

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Anyone registered as a resident in Norway has a right to access the Norwegian state healthcare system. However, state healthcare in Norway is not entirely free. Healthcare costs are covered by both the state and through patient contributions.

5. Canada

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Canadian citizens and permanent residents are entitled to free public healthcare. Almost all Canadians have a primary care doctor, with overall healthcare quality ranking among the best in the world. Instead of having a single national plan, they have thirteen provincial and territorial health care insurance plans. Under this system, all Canadian residents have reasonable access to medically necessary hospital and physician services without paying out-of-pocket.

6. Switzerland

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Switzerland does not have free healthcare; it can be more expensive than other European countries. However, because health insurance is mandatory, everyone is insured, and those with a low income can benefit from social benefits or subsidies regarding health insurance. The system still outshines the U.S. in many ways.

7. United Kingdom

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By global standards, the United Kingdom provides excellent care for its citizens. The United Kingdom has a national health service (NHS) with access based on clinical need, not ability to pay. All individuals, irrespective of their nationality or immigration status, are eligible to access primary, emergency, and compulsory psychiatric care free of charge. Coverage for secondary care services, however, is only available for those who are ordinarily residents.

8. Netherlands

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The Netherlands is known for its universal and excellent standard of healthcare, and it’s regularly rated as one of the best healthcare systems in the world. The Netherlands has universal healthcare, but the government requires all adults living or working in the Netherlands to have basic insurance, which costs a small fee. 

9. Finland

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Public healthcare in Finland is not free, though the charges are very reasonable. Public healthcare is the responsibility of municipalities and is primarily funded by taxation. Patient fees also fund it.

10. Belgium

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The Belgian health system is based on the principles of equal access and freedom of choice, with a Bismarckian-type of compulsory national health insurance covering the whole population and having a comprehensive benefits package. The Belgian population enjoys good health and long life expectancy, which is partly due to the population’s good access to many high-quality health services.

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