India – 2nd in population, 154th in Healthcare Quality Index

India, home to 17% of the world’s population has ranked an abysmal 154 th out of 195 countries on the Healthcare Access and Quality Index. The study called ‘Global Burden of Disease” was published in the medical journal The Lancet. This leaves India among the biggest under achievers in Asia. Criteria for the rankings were based on death rates for 32 diseases that can be avoided or effectively managed with proper healthcare.

Andorra, a tiny principality located in Southwestern Europe took the top honors in the list. For countries with a population of more than a million, the top 3 spots went to Switzerland, Sweden and Norway. Of the top 20 countries, except for Australia (6) and Japan (11) all are from Western Europe. US, which tops the world in per capita healthcare expenditure finished a poor 35

US, which tops the world in per capita healthcare expenditure finished a poor 35 th , 5 places below UK. Indonesia, Philippines, India and Brunei were the biggest underachievers from Asia, while Bostwana, South Africa and Lesotho took that ‘honor’ for Africa.

The study also tracked progress in each nation compared to the bench mark year of 1990. Though most countries improved in the said period, some nations especially in Oceania and Africa fared worse. The most improved countries included South Korea, Turkey, Peru, China and the Maldives.

The ranking places India behind countries like Srilanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. Though India gained 14.1 points from 1990 to reach 44.8 in 2015, it underperformed in the management of tuberculosis, diabetes, rheumatic heart diseases and chronic kidney disease.

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