The 10 Worst Countries in the World For Health Care

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Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Myanmar, previously known as Burma, is the only non-African nation on this list, with a score of 0.138/1 on the WHO health systems performance index. This makes it the second worst country in the world in providing healthcare. Located in Southeast Asia, Myanmar is bordered by India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Myanmar’s spending on health care as a part of its GDP (0.5% to 3%) is among the lowest in the world, and it receives the least amount of international aid per capita. Even though the government purports free health care, the major part of healthcare expenses has to be paid out of pocket by the citizens. Average life expectancy is 50 years, with a quarter of the population below 15 years. There are only 6 doctors for every million citizens. However, recent changes are improving the situation. A trial health insurance system was started in July 2015. Many international donors including the Japan International Cooperation Agency are supporting healthcare in Myanmar. With these efforts, progress is expected in healthcare.

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