The World’s Healthiest Countries

On a per-person basis, the U.S. spends more money on healthcare than any other country.  What do we get for that level of spending?  One would think the U.S. should be the healthiest nation, right?

Not even close.  Bloomberg ranked the population of each nation on different health-related measures, including expected lifespan.  The U.S. came in 35th ranking behind Cuba (30), Croatia (31), Estonia (32), Chile (33) and Costa Rica (34).

What countries ranked the best?  Spain ranked first and was followed by Italy, Iceland, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, and Australia.

Based on the single measure of life expectancy at birth, Japan is first followed by Switzerland and Spain.

Researchers suggested that eating habits such as a Mediterranean diet produced lower rates of cardiovascular events and may provide clues to the outcomes experienced by Spain and Italy.