Specialist medical travel insurance provider Get Going Insurance has revealed the highest and lowest healthcare standards throughout 35 countries. It found that Norway has the most developed local healthcare service in the OECD, with around one doctor to every 45 residents. Switzerland was found to be another country with high standards of healthcare, with the highest density of doctors in its population for any OECD country. However, although the country has free, universal healthcare, it was found that many residents still pay for private insurance premiums, with an average annual spend of $67.4 billion on premiums.
The US was found to be the only country in the OECD that doesn’t offer free, universal healthcare and spends more than US$2 trillion on health insurance premiums each year. In addition, US healthcare insurance premiums are the highest in the OECD, at an average of $9,892.30 per person. Chile was found to have the least developed healthcare system, with fewer training programmes and only one doctor to every 833 residents.