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Israel Ranks Fourth Globally in Health Care Efficiency

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A Syrian refugee is treated at Ziv Medical Center in Israel's northern city of Safed. Photo: Ziv Medical Center. Israel ranks 4th in a new ranking system on global health care efficiency, ahead of advanced countries in Europe and North America.

According to data compiled by Bloomberg, which ranks countries based on three criteria—life expectancy, health-care cost as a percentage of GDP per capita, and health-care cost per capita—Israel had an efficacy score of 68.7.

Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan took the top spots, ahead of Israel. Canada came in 17th, the United Arab Emirates was 12th, and the U.K., famous for its National Health Service, came in 14th.

Meanwhile, with the ongoing battle over President Barack Obama’s health care system and rising costs, the U.S. ranked 46th, behind countries like Algeria, Iran, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. According to Bloomberg, the U.S. spends the most on health care on a relative cost basis, with the worst outcome.

In other rankings by Bloomberg, Israel has the longest life span in the Middle East and Africa at 81.8 years, is the 6th-favorite location for high-tech companies, and the 10th-best country for workers.

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