Ok, if we are going to site the WHO rankings then lets understand their rating criteria;Hugh Januss said:And better yet the list that TFF linked to features a large ad on the right inviting folks to sign a petition to "Save their Health Care" and at the bottom features the slogan "Hands Off My Health Care". I guess they figure 37th in the world is all we can hope for?
"In designing the framework for health system performance, WHO broke new methodological ground, employing a technique not previously used for health systems. It compares each country’s system to what the experts estimate to be the upper limit of what can be done with the level of resources available in that country. It also measures what each country’s system has accomplished in comparison with those of other countries.
WHO’s assessment system was based on five indicators: overall level of population health; health inequalities (or disparities) within the population; overall level of health system responsiveness (a combination of patient satisfaction and how well the system acts); distribution of responsiveness within the population (how well people of varying economic status find that they are served by the health system); and the distribution of the health system’s financial burden within the population (who pays the costs)."
This is not purely about which country is providing the best care. There are subjective measurements such as how the underprivilidged "feel" about the care received. I think the WHO rankings are important but one needs to understand how they arrived at their conclusion.
If one just looked at cancer survival rates then one may conclude that the US is superior in it's system;
There is more to this argument than just going by what the WHO has to say.