Research: 10 Countries With the Highest Health Care Costs In Comparison With Egypt, India & Philippines

Let’s look at the ten countries with the highest health care costs among the 34 member nations of the OECD “Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development” and compare this data with life expectancy in these countries.

1- United States : The US spends 17.7 % of its GDP on healthcare system with average of 8.508 US $ per person while average life expectancy in USA is 79.8 years which is more than average life expectancy worldwide with 8.8 years as worldwide life expectancy is 71 years.

2- Norway : Norway spends 9.3% of its GDP on healthcare system with average of 5.669 US $ per person while average life expectancy in Norway is 80.45 years.

3- Switzerland : Switzerland spends 11% of its GDP on healthcare system with average of 5.643 US $ per person while average life expectancy in Switzerland is 79.7 years.

4- Netherlands : Netherlands spends 11.9 % of its GDP on healthcare system with average of 5.099 US $ per person while average life expectancy in Netherlands is 78.5 years.

5- Austria : Austria spends 10.8 % of its GDP on healthcare system with average of 4.546 US $ per person while average life expectancy in Austria is 81.5 years.

6- Canada : Canada spends 11.2 % of its GDP on healthcare system with average of 4.522 US $ per person while average life expectancy in Canada is 82.5 years.

7- Germany : Germany spends 11.3 % of its GDP on healthcare system with average of 4.495 US $ per person while average life expectancy in Germany is 81 years.

8- Denmark : Denmark spends 10.9 % of its GDP on healthcare system with average of 4.448 US $ per person while average life expectancy in Denmark is 79.5 years.

9- Luxembourg : Luxembourg spends 6.6 % of its GDP on healthcare system with average of 4.246 US $ per person while average life expectancy in Luxembourg is 79.39 years.

10- France : France spends 11.6 % of its GDP on healthcare system with average of 4.118 US $ per person while average life expectancy in France is 82.3 years.

Lets compare these data with 3 countries which are not members in OECD to see the difference between developed and developing countries in healthcare system expenditure :

Example 1 “Egypt” : spends 4.7 % of its GDP on healthcare system with average of 293 int $ per person while average life expectancy in Egypt is 73.2 years.

Example 2 “India” : spends 3.7 % of its GDP on healthcare system with average of 126 int $ per person while average life expectancy in India is 64.19 years.

Example 3 “Philippines” : spends 4.1 % of its GDP on healthcare system with average of 164 int $ per person while average life expectancy in Philippines is 66.6 years.

N.B : Data written here are taken from statics of OECD 2011 and WHO 2010

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