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Health Care Improves Globally

Health care improved globally from 1990 to 2015, but the gap between the haves and the have-nots widened, a new report said.

Iceland, Australia, Finland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg were in the top 10 list. Of the 20 countries heading up the list, all but Australia and Japan are in western Europe.

Top Countries
Neither Canada nor Japan cracked the top 10, and the United States finished a dismal 35th. Among nations with more than a million souls, top honours for 2015 went to Switzerland, followed by Sweden and Norway.

The biggest underachievers in Asia included Indonesia, the Philippines, India and tiny Brunei, while in Africa it was Botswana, South Africa and Lesotho. Between 1990 and 2015, countries that made the biggest improvements in delivering healthcare included South Korea, Turkey, Peru, China and the Maldives.