Ranking African countries with the best health care systems is largely dependent upon a health care index formulated from various data collated by the collaborative efforts of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other independent watchdogs in the health sector like the Global Health Observatory (GHO).
Health tourism is a common practice embarked upon by citizens of various countries on the African continent. This reality is inspired by an unequalled sophistication of health care systems abroad. ‘Health is Wealth’ is one quote rich Africans do not toy with. They would rather fly abroad for medical treatments and check-ups irrespective of the cost. This has posed as a great challenge to concerned governments of the African States. In this article, a list of top 5 African countries with the best health care systems are provided. They should be viewed as selected based on the time of writing.
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Here are the Top 5 African Countries with the Best Health Care Systems
The World Health Organization (WHO) has scored South Africa with the highest health care index of 63.7 according to numbeo at the time of writing his article. This high index was achieved as a result of data collected from both the public and private health sector in the country. Research reveals that the public sector caters for about 71% of the entire population while the private sector is committed to about 27% of the population. This suggests that roughly 98% of the South African population is provided with adequate health care.
Kenya comes second on the list with a score of 61.8 health care index. The East African country does not only lead its counterparts from same Eastern region, but lands the second position on the entire continent. This big feat was achieved by adopting measures that promote health to the grassroots of the country. It ensures that primary medicare is enjoyed by the least member of its society. No wonder why it took Tunisia’s prior position.
Tunisia ranks 3rd with a health care index of 57.1 percent. The global Health index in 2020 revealed Tunisia as the second on the list of African countries with the best health care systems. Today, Tunisia ranks 3rd. Research suggests that Tunisia health care system is fully funded with tax payers money.
Algeria appears at the fourth position with a health care index of 53.6 percent. Algeria health care system is impressive in that the government ensures that every citizen has access to free health care.
Finally, Nigeria made it to the top 5 list of African countries with the best health care systems with a health care index of 48.5 percent.
The above list of top 5 African Countries with the best health care systems might sound impressive particularly to Nigerians for securing the 5th place, when the Top 5 of the World’s best health care systems is considered, an understanding of why the rich in Africa still prefers to embark on health tourisms is gained.