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[Excerpt from 2000 World Health Organization Report – ]

One key recommendation from the report is for countries to extend health insurance to as large a percentage of the population as possible. WHO says that it is better to make “pre-payments” on health care as much as possible, whether in the form of insurance, taxes or social security.

While private health expenses in industrial countries now average only some 25 percent because of universal health coverage (except in the United States, where it is 56%), in India, families typically pay 80 percent of their health care costs as “out-of- pocket” expenses when they receive health care.

“It is especially beneficial to make sure that as large a percentage as possible of the poorest people in each country can get insurance,” says Dr Frenk. “Insurance protects people against the catastrophic effects of poor health. What we are seeing is that in many countries, the poor pay a higher percentage of their income on health care than the rich.”


From – 21 June, in The World Health Report 2000




The World Health Organization’s ranking
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See also: Healthy Life Expectancy By Country
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See also: Total Health Expenditure as % of GDP (2000-2005)
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Rank       CountryView this list in alphabetic order View this list in alphabetic order View this list in alphabetic order

1         France
2         Italy
3         San Marino
4         Andorra
5         Malta
6         Singapore
7         Spain
8         Oman
9         Austria
10        Japan
11        Norway
12        Portugal
13        Monaco
14        Greece
15        Iceland
16        Luxembourg
17        Netherlands
18        United  Kingdom
19        Ireland
20        Switzerland
21        Belgium
22        Colombia
23        Sweden
24        Cyprus
25        Germany
26        Saudi Arabia
27        United  Arab  Emirates
28        Israel
29        Morocco
30        Canada
31        Finland
32        Australia
33        Chile
34        Denmark
35        Dominica
36        Costa Rica
37        United States of America
38        Slovenia
39        Cuba
40        Brunei
41        New Zealand
42        Bahrain
43        Croatia
44        Qatar
45        Kuwait
46        Barbados
47        Thailand
48        Czech Republic
49        Malaysia
50        Poland
51        Dominican Republic
52        Tunisia
53        Jamaica
54        Venezuela
55        Albania
56        Seychelles
57        Paraguay
58        South     Korea
59        Senegal
60        Philippines
61        Mexico
62        Slovakia
63        Egypt
64        Kazakhstan
65        Uruguay
66        Hungary
67        Trinidad and Tobago
68        Saint     Lucia
69        Belize
70        Turkey
71        Nicaragua
72        Belarus
73        Lithuania
74        Saint Vincent  and the   Grenadines
75        Argentina
76        Sri  Lanka
77        Estonia
78        Guatemala
79        Ukraine
80        Solomon   Islands
81        Algeria
82        Palau
83        Jordan
84        Mauritius
85        Grenada
86        Antigua   and Barbuda
87        Libya
88        Bangladesh
89        Macedonia
90        Bosnia-Herzegovina
91        Lebanon
92        Indonesia
93        Iran
94        Bahamas
95        Panama
96        Fiji
97        Benin
98        Nauru
99        Romania
100       Saint Kitts and Nevis
101       Moldova
102       Bulgaria
103       Iraq
104       Armenia
105       Latvia
106       Yugoslavia
107       Cook Islands
108       Syria
109       Azerbaijan
110       Suriname
111       Ecuador
112       India
113       Cape Verde
114       Georgia
115       El   Salvador
116       Tonga
117       Uzbekistan
118       Comoros
119       Samoa
120       Yemen
121       Niue
122       Pakistan
123       Micronesia
124       Bhutan
125       Brazil
126       Bolivia
127       Vanuatu
128       Guyana
129       Peru
130       Russia
131       Honduras
132       Burkina   Faso
133       Sao Tome and Principe
134       Sudan
135       Ghana
136       Tuvalu
137       Ivory Coast
138       Haiti
139       Gabon
140       Kenya
141       Marshall Islands
142       Kiribati
143       Burundi
144       China
145       Mongolia
146       Gambia
147       Maldives
148       Papua New Guinea
149       Uganda
150       Nepal
151       Kyrgystan
152       Togo
153       Turkmenistan
154       Tajikistan
155       Zimbabwe
156       Tanzania
157       Djibouti
158       Eritrea
159       Madagascar
160       Vietnam
161       Guinea
162       Mauritania
163       Mali
164       Cameroon
165       Laos
166       Congo
167       North Korea
168       Namibia
169       Botswana
170       Niger
171       Equatorial Guinea
172       Rwanda
173       Afghanistan
174       Cambodia
175       South     Africa
176       Guinea-Bissau
177       Swaziland
178       Chad
179       Somalia
180       Ethiopia
181       Angola
182       Zambia
183       Lesotho
184       Mozambique
185       Malawi
186       Liberia
187       Nigeria
188       Democratic Republic of   the Congo
189       Central   African   Republic
190       Myanmar



1. Population
2. Vital Statistics
3. Health and Nutrition
4. Education
5. Law Enforcement, Courts and Prisons
6. Geography and Environment
7. Parks, Recreation, Travel
8. Elections
9. State/Local Government Finances and Employment
10. Federal Government Finances and Employment
11. National Defense and Veterans Affairs
12. Social Insurance and Human Services
13. Labor Force, Employment, and Earnings
14. Income, Expenditures, and Wealth
15. Prices
16. Banking, Finance, and Insurance
17. Business Enterprise
18. Communications and Information Technology
19. Energy
20. Science and Technology
21. Transportation – Land
22. Transportation – Air and Water
23. Agriculture
24. Natural Resources
25. Construction and Housing
26. Manufactures
27. Domestic Trade and Services
28. Foreign Commerce and Aid
29. Outlying Areas
30. Comparative International Statistics
31. Industrial Outlook
32. 1997 Economic Census




1350. Total World Population: 1950 to 2050
1351. World Summary-Textile Fiber Production
1352. Population, by Country
1353. Age Distribution, by Country
1354. Foreign or Foreign-Born Population and Labor Force in Selected OECD Countries
1355. Vital Statistics, by Country
1356. Death Rates from Injuries, by Mechanism and Country
1357. Medical Doctors and Inpatient Care–Selected Countries
1358. Health Expenditures by Country
1359. Average Temperatures and Precipitation–Selected International Cities
1360. Selected Environmental Data–OECD Countries
1361. Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Consumption of Fossil Fuels, by Country, and Projections
1362. Educational Attainment by Country: 1998
1363. Number of Foreign Students as Percent of Total University Enrollment in Selected OECD Countries: 1998
1364. Gross National Product, by Country: 1998
1365. Gross Domestic Product, by Country
1366. International Economic Composite Indexes, by Country
1367. Selected International Economic Indicators, by Country
1368. Annual Percent Changes in Consumer Prices, by Country
1369. Comparative Price Levels–Selected OECD Countries: 2000
1370. Per Capita Consumption of Meat and Poultry, by Country
1371. Motor Vehicle Transportation Indicators for Selected Countries
1372. Transportation Infrastructure and Domestic Freight Activity-Selected Countries: 1996
1373. Newspapers, Radio, Television, Telephones, and Computers, by Country
1374. Gross Public Debt, Expenditures, and Receipts, by Country
1375. Percent Distribution of Tax Receipts, by Country: 1980 to 1996
1376. Civilian Labor Force, Employment, and Unemployment, by Country
1377. Unemployment Rates, by Country
1378. Civilian Employment-Population Ratio by Sex and Country
1379. Female Labor Force Participation Rates, by Country
1380. Civilian Employment, by Industry and Country
1381. Index of Industrial Production, by Country
1382. Patents, by Country
1383. Relative Labor Productivity Levels in Manufacturing in Selected OECD Countries
1384. Selected Indexes of Manufacturing Activity, by Country
1385. Indexes of Hourly Compensation Costs for Production Workers in Manufacturing, by Country
1386. Income Tax and Social Security Contributions as Percent of Labor Costs: 1998
1387. World Primary Energy Production, by Region and Type
1388. World Primary Energy Consumption, by Region and Type
1389. World Energy Consumption, by Region and Energy Source, and Projections, 2005 to 2020
1390. Energy Consumption and Production, by Country
1391. Net Electricity Generation by Type and Country: 1998
1393. World Production of Major Mineral Commodities
1394. Wood Products–Production, Exports, and Consumption for Selected Countries
1395. Unmanufactured Tobacco and Cigarettes–Selected Countries
1396. World Food Production, by Commodity
1397. Fisheries–Commercial Catch, by Country
1398. Meat Production by Type and Country

1399. Wheat, Rice, and Corn Production, by Country
1400. Wheat, Rice, and Corn–Exports and Imports of 10 Leading Countries
1401. United States and Foreign Stock Markets–Market Capitalization and Value of Shares Traded
1402. Dow-Jones World Stock Index, by Country and Industry
1403. Foreign Stock Market Activity–Morgan Stanley Capital International Indexes
1404. Foreign Stock Market Indices
1405. Foreign Exchange Rates
1406. Reserve Assets and International Transaction Balances by Country
1407. Foreign Trade–Destination of Exports and Source of Imports for Selected Countries
1408. International Tourism Receipts–Leading Countries
1409. Net Flow of Financial Resources to Developing Countries
1410. External Debt by Country
1411. Foreign Direct Investment Flows in OECD Countries
1412. Military Expenditures and Armed Forces Personnel, by Country

http://www.allcountries.org/uscensus/ comparative_international_statistics.html

These tables are based on figures supplied by the United States Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce, and they are subject to revision by the Census Bureau.


My Note –


I pulled up this list from the chart above –

1386. Income Tax and Social Security Contributions as Percent of Labor Costs: 1998

Source: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, France, The OECD Observer, No. 214, October/November 1998 (copyright); and Taxing Wages, 1998-1999, 2000 (copyright).

[The numbers aren’t right because of two things – first, 2009 isn’t anything like 1998, and second, in the United States they’ve managed to instill taxes into damn near everything from breathing air to dying – gasoline taxes, insurance taxes, luxury taxes, ad valorem taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, road tolls, car license registrations and taxes, registration fees, city ordinance fines, fees and city taxes, county taxes, utilities taxes, phone service taxes, fees and charges added by the government, and generally most incomes are paying out all of these added taxes from that same pool of income. Consequently, if the addition of those percentages are made on the incomes to compare it with the tax burden in other countries, the totals would be more accurate. In some cases, the United States has managed to tax money simply for being available, for being moved, for being invested, for being taken from an investment, then again when it is used, and again when anything is purchased with it. The total percentage is staggering after eight years of Republicans boosting every one of these taxes, fees, fines, registration fees, sales taxes, death taxes, estate taxes on the middle class and poor, etc. etc. etc. even while cutting services provided with those taxes.]


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(From 2006 OECD Report – )

The public share of health expenditure in the United States (45%) is much lower than in any other OECD country (except Mexico, also 45%), but nevertheless public expenditure on health is higher than in most other OECD countries, because overall spending per capita is so much greater. For this amount of expenditure in the United States, government provides insurance coverage only for the elderly and disabled (through Medicare, which primarily insures persons aged 65 and over and people with disabilities) and some of the poor (through Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, SCHIP), whereas in most other OECD countries this is enough for government to provide universal primary health insurance.

Private insurance accounts for 35% of total health spending in the United States, by far the largest share among OECD countries. Beside the United States, Canada and France are the only two other OECD countries where private insurance represents more than 10% of total health spending.

Resources in the health sector (human, physical)
Despite the relatively high level of health expenditure in the United States, there are fewer physicians per capita than in most other OECD countries. In 2007, the United States had 2.4 practising physicians per 1,000 population, below the OECD average of 3.1.

There were 10.6 nurses per 1 000 population in the United States in 2007, which is slightly higher than the average of 9.6 across OECD countries.

The number of acute care hospital beds in the United States in 2007 was 2.7 per 1 000 population, lower than the OECD average of 3.8 beds. As in most OECD countries, the number of hospital beds per capita has fallen over the past twenty-five years in the United States. This decline has coincided with a reduction in average length of stays in hospitals and an increase in day surgeries.

Health status and risk factors
Most OECD countries have enjoyed large gains in life expectancy over the past decades. In the United States, life expectancy at birth increased by 8.2 years between 1960 and 2006, which is less than the increase of almost 15 years in Japan, or 9.4 years in Canada. In 2006, life expectancy in the United States stood at 78.1 years, almost one year below the OECD average of 79.0 years. Japan, Switzerland and Australia were the three countries with the highest life expectancy.

Infant mortality rates in the United States have fallen greatly over the past few decades, but not as much as in most other OECD countries. It stood at 6.7 deaths per 1 000 live births in 2006, above the OECD average of 4.9. Among OECD countries, infant mortality is the lowest in some of the Nordic countries (Iceland, Sweden and Finland), Luxembourg and Japan, with rates between 2 and 3 deaths per 1 000 live births.



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OECD Main Economic Indicators – Countries Covered

OECD Member Countries (30)
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.

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Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russian Federation, South Africa.

Area totals

Euro area – EMU (13), (countries of the European Monetary Union): Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain.

EU 15, (European Union of fifteen): Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.

OECD-Europe (23), (all european members of OECD): EU 15 plus Czech Republic, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Slovak Republic, Switzerland and Turkey.

OECD-Total (30), All Member countries of OECD i.e. countries in OECD-Europe plus Canada, Mexico, United States, Australia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand.

Major seven : Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

High inflation countries : Turkey



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