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.
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.
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