WORLD - Healthiest Countries on Planet Earth

Arno Froese

The fight at the frontlines of Covid-19 is being waged in clinics and hospitals around the world. But the success of that fight has, in large part, depended on the effectiveness of the healthcare systems in each country. So far, there’s been a noticeable correlation between a country’s ability to contain the virus and previous rankings of its healthcare system to provide positive health outcomes.

Top 10 healthy countries, according to the 2019 The Legatum Prosperity Index
1. Singapore
2. Japan
3. Switzerland
4. South Korea
5. Norway
6. Hong Kong
7. Iceland
8. Denmark
9. The Netherlands
10. Austria
[35. USA]

For this report, we looked specifically at the 2019 The Legatum Prosperity Index, conducted by the eponymous London-based think tank, which measures economic and social prosperity policies and conditions based on 12 pillars in 167 nations. The health pillar of the index specifically measures the extent to which people in each country are healthy and have access to the services necessary to maintain good health, including health outcomes, healthy systems, illnesses and risk factors, and mortality rates.

When it came to monitoring and reacting to the emergence of Covid-19 in Wuhan, few countries moved more swiftly than Israel, ranked 11th in the health index. By the end of January 2020, the Minister of Health had already signed the People’s Health Ordinance Decree to expand the Ministry’s powers to deal with the potential outbreak.

The publicly based healthcare system also allows for a more integrated and centrally controlled response. “People are not afraid to reach out for medical help because they know they will be covered and it will be free of charge,” said Professor Arnon Afek, deputy director general of Israel’s Sheba Medical Center, the first hospital in the country to treat coronavirus patients. “The cost of the healthcare system is very important, because in a situation like this, you want people to seek out care when they have symptoms so we can find them and they won’t continue to spread the disease.”

Coming in at 18th in the health pillar in the index, Australia has currently managed to keep the growth rate of cases to less than 5%—“well beyond our expectations” and projected case models, according to the Prime Minister in an address to the country on 7 April.

If current trends continue, it’s expected that the Australian healthcare system will be able to manage the expected increase in need for ventilators and ICU beds. “The availability of extra capacity provided by the private system will allow for the majority of people who may require such interventions to receive them in a timely manner,” said Polyakov.

-www.bbc.com, 20 April 2020

Arno's commentary

While various other sources list the top ten nations in different order, non-European nations make up half of the top ten. We note that Israel ranked 11th in the World Health Index. The reason? “Israel is among the leading countries in the number of coronavirus test per million population.” Incidentally, there is no such thing as “free of charge”; all is paid by tax money.

But why is the US in 35th place? TheHealthCareBlog.com lists six reasons why other nations are ahead: 1) universal healthcare; 2) better diet, fresh ingredients and less packaged and processed food; 3) strict regulation limiting opiate prescriptions; 4) lower levels of economic inequality; 5) severe and effective gun control laws; and 6) increased attention when driving.

There are many other reasons, of course, such as law firms, which entice people with the promise of large sums of payout if the case is left in their hands. Radio, television, and gigantic billboard ads promise people involved in an accident that they will get rich. That too is part of the inflated cost of healthcare in the US.

Nevertheless, in the end, there is no difference, except between those who have been born again by the Spirit of God—accepting the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary’s Cross—and those who have not. There are no statistics regarding the volume of believers in various countries, except the listing of churches, religious institutions, publishing houses, etc. Thus, the bottom line still is Hebrews 9:27: “…It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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