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Figures showed that the US spends by far the most money per person on health care, followed by Switzerland, while Mexico and Turkey spend the least among comparable countries. The UK was at the center of the ranking and placed 18th in 36 countries in Europe and North America
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The UK has the second lowest health care spending in the G7 countries and spent £ 2,989 per person in 2017.

Among similar countries, the US had by far the largest outgoing spending – £ 7,736 ($ 9,433) per person on average – but had a lower life expectancy.

Figures released by the British Office for National Statistics (ONS) have ranked 36 countries based on their annual healthcare costs.

The ranking places the UK just below the mid-table in the 18th, with Mexico at the bottom, the equivalent of £ 837 (Mex $ 20,577).

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Despite relatively low health care spending, the UK was notable because of the least privately funded medical care and no compulsory health insurance.

Figures showed that the US spends by far the most money per person on health care, followed by Switzerland, while Mexico and Turkey spend the least among comparable countries. The UK was at the center of the ranking and placed 18th in 36 countries in Europe and North America

Figures showed that the US spends by far the most money per person on health care, followed by Switzerland, while Mexico and Turkey spend the least among comparable countries. The UK was at the center of the ranking and placed 18th in 36 countries in Europe and North America

G7 leaders and their guests met at the group of countries - the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Japan - the summit in Biarritz, France, last week

G7 leaders and their guests met at the group of countries - the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Japan - the summit in Biarritz, France, last week

G7 leaders and their guests met at the group of countries – the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Japan – the summit in Biarritz, France, last week

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The ONS figures compared the healthcare costs in 36 countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2017.

These countries, mainly European and including the G7, are considered to be one of the most advanced economies in the world and have comparable governments.

Healthcare spending in the UK – of which nearly 80 percent is public money given to the NHS – is £ 700 less per year than the largest members of the EU.

And among the G7 countries – including the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan – it only spends more than Italy (£ 2,559 / € 2,816).

But lower health care spending does not necessarily mean that people are doomed to illness or early death.

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For example, a comparison of costs with life expectancy showed that Spain has the third highest life expectancy (83.4 years), but only the 23rd highest expenditure (£ 2,444 / € 2,691).

HOW MUCH DO THE G7 NATIONS GIVE HEALTH CARE?

United States – £ 7,736 per person per year

Germany – £ 4,432

France – £ 3,737

Canada – £ 3,647

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Japan – £ 3,509

United Kingdom – £ 2,989

Italy – £ 2,559

The US meanwhile had a life expectancy of 78.6 – just four months longer than Estonia, despite five times the £ 1,607 (€ 1,769) of the Northern European nation per person per year.

Life expectancy at birth in the UK is 81.3, according to the report.

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Other countries that make the five largest expenditures were Switzerland (£ 5,417 per person per year), Norway (£ 4,596), Germany (£ 4,432) and Austria (£ 3,994).

In their report, the statisticians wrote: & # 39; The United States spends considerably more per person than any other OECD country and more than two and a half times what is spent per person in the UK.

& # 39; Although there are many reasons why countries spend different amounts on health care, the OECD reports that countries that spend the most often have a high-income economy.

& # 39; Research suggests that high spending in the United States, compared to other countries, is partly due to higher prices and partly due to the consumption of a larger volume of goods and services. & # 39;

On the other side of the table, above Mexico, were Turkey (£ 899), Latvia (£ 1,250), Hungary (£ 1,513) and Poland (£ 1,553).

The UK is at the center of the ranking of its health care expenditure compared to 35 other countries in Europe and North America. The United States spends considerably more per person than any other comparable nation
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The UK is at the center of the ranking of its health care expenditure compared to 35 other countries in Europe and North America. The United States spends considerably more per person than any other comparable nation

The UK is at the center of the ranking of its health care expenditure compared to 35 other countries in Europe and North America. The United States spends considerably more per person than any other comparable nation

WHICH COUNTRIES MAKE THE MOST HEALTH CARE?

  1. United States £ 7,736
  2. Switzerland £ 5,417
  3. Norway £ 4,596
  4. Germany £ 4,432
  5. Austria £ 3,994
  6. Sweden £ 3,990
  7. The Netherlands £ 3,907
  8. Denmark £ 3,808
  9. France £ 3,737
  10. Luxembourg £ 3,685

(£ per person per year on average, 2017. Source: ONS)

WHICH COUNTRIES SPEND THE LESSEST IN HEALTHCARE?

  1. Mexico £ 837
  2. Turkey £ 899
  3. Latvia £ 1,250
  4. Hungary £ 1,513
  5. Poland £ 1,553
  6. Chile £ 1,588
  7. Estonia £ 1,607
  8. Lithuania £ 1,654
  9. Slovakia £ 1,658
  10. Greece £ 1,673

(£ per person per year on average, 2017. Source: ONS)

The average for the 15 countries that have been in the EU since 2004 was £ 3,663 – 22 percent higher than the UK.

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The UK was accompanied by only Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland and Latvia in the ranks of countries with no mandatory income from health insurance.

About 79 percent of its spending was on public health money – for the NHS – and the remaining 21 consisted of optional insurance.

Norway received most of the financing from the government, 85.5% and the remaining 14.5% from private insurance.

France, Germany and Luxembourg have now received nearly 80 percent of their money from compulsory insurance schemes, while optional private insurance was the largest contributor in Mexico, the US and Greece.

HOW MUCH DO THE COUNTRIES GIVE HEALTH CARE PER PERSON PER YEAR? (Source: National Statistics Office, 2017 figures)
countrySpending on health care
per person per year
countrySpending on health care
per person per year
United States£ 7736New Zealand£ 2836
Switzerland£ 5,417Italy£ 2,559
Norway£ 4596Spain£ 2,444
Germany£ 4,432South Korea£ 2,175
Austria£ 3,994Czech Republic£ 2,160
Sweden£ 3,990Slovenia£ 2,123
The Netherlands£ 3907Portugal£ 2,091
Denmark£ 3808Israel£ 2,021
France£ 3737Greece£ 1673
Luxembourg£ 3685Slovakia£ 1,658
Belgium£ 3,663Lithuania£ 1,654
Canada£ 3,647Estonia£ 1,607
Australia£ 3,631Chili£ 1588
Ireland£ 3,510Poland£ 1,553
Japan£ 3509Hungary£ 1,513
Iceland£ 3,148Latvia£ 1,250
Finland£ 3129Turkey£ 899
United Kingdom£ 2,989Mexico£ 837

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