Singapore Is World’s Healthiest Country
Bloomberg, an international business publication, named Singapore as the “world’s healthiest country” for this year after conducting a worldwide survey. The survey, which ranked different countries with populations of at least one million, cited several factors in ranking Singapore as first on the list of the world’s healthiest nations. These factors include life expectancy, cigarette smoking rates and mortality.
Singapore’s health grade was 89.45 percent, topping as first out of 145 countries surveyed by Bloomberg. Its total health score was 92.52 percent and its health risk penalty was at 3.07 percent. Bloomberg determined Singapore’s health grade by taking its total health score and subtracting the country’s health risk score.
Meanwhile, trailing behind Singapore is Italy with a health grade of 89.07 percent; Australia, 88.33 percent; Switzerland, 88.29 percent; and Japan, 86.83 percent. Other countries that made it to the top ten list of the world’s healthiest include Israel, Spain, Netherlands, Sweden and Germany.
Singapore is known for its world-class, established and efficient healthcare system. Singapore’s healthcare system comprises public and private healthcare, complemented by rising standards of living, housing, education, medical services, safe water supply and sanitation, and preventive medicine. According to Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH), the country’s healthcare begins with building a healthy population through preventive healthcare programmes and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Good, affordable basic healthcare is available to Singaporeans through subsidised medical services at public hospitals and clinics.
Through the years, Singapore’s healthcare system earned various accolades and awards. The country was ranked 6thin the world’s health systems in 2000, which was ranked by the World Health Organization. IMD’s World Competitiveness Yearbook ranked Singapore’s Health Infrastructure 3rd out of 55 countries in the year 2007. The country was ranked 2nd by the World Health Statistics for Infant Mortality Rate and 9th for Life Expectancy at birth (81 years) in the year 2008.
According to an analysis by global consulting firm Watson Wyatt, Singapore has “one of the most successful healthcare systems in the world, in terms of efficiency in financing and community health outcomes.” Singapore’s medical facilities are also among the finest in the world, with well-equipped healthcare providers.