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U.S. 37th in Health Care

France and Italy rated the best

Though the findings have been disputed, a 191-country survey by the World Health Organization (WHO) this year ranked the health-care system in France as the most effective in the world, with Italy the runner-up. The French and the Italians spend far less than Americans on health care and they live longer, says the survey.

The United States, which spends 14 percent of its national income on health -- more than any other country -- was ranked 37th in the WHO survey, barely edging out No. 39 Cuba, says a recent report in The Seattle Times.

Total public and private spending on health care and insurance averages $1,857 for each French citizen and $1,357 for each Italian. In 1998, the average American spent $4,178, the report says.