Yesterday’s message International Investing and Business Made EZ & Fun looked at why International investing and business should be a fun filled process…not a dull boring set of numbers.
One reason for this is that those who live a fulfilled, involved fun existence are likely to be healthier…with less need for expensive pharmaceuticals and medical treatment.
This makes life better plus can save huge amounts of cash.
This is likely to become even more important in the years ahead for those who live in much of the Western world. Existing medical systems are already filled with problems. Inflation and aging populations will make the problems even worse.
At the turn of the decade, The World Health Organization analyzed the world’s health systems. The WHO used five performance indicators to measure health systems in 191 member states.
The five performance indicators were:
* Fairness of financial contribution. While private health expenses in industrial countries now average only some 25 percent because of universal health coverage (except in the United States, where it is 56%), in India, families typically pay 80 percent of their health care costs as “out-of- pocket” expenses when they receive health care.
* Overall Level of Health.
* Distribution of Health in the Populations: the average level – goodness – and the smallest feasible differences among individuals and groups – fairness.
* Responsiveness: respect for persons including dignity, confidentiality and autonomy of individuals and families to decide about their own health as well as prompt attention and access to social support networks during care, quality of basic amenities and choice of provider.
* Distribution of Financing.
The study revealed that U. S. health system spends a higher portion of its gross domestic product than any other country but ranks 37 out of 191 countries. The United Kingdom, which spends just six percent of gross domestic product (GDP) on health services, ranks 18th. Several small countries – San Marino, Andorra, Malta and Singapore are rated close behind second- placed Italy.
Here is the WHO ranking.
3 San Marino
18 United Kingdom
26 Saudi Arabia
27 United Arab Emirates
36 Costa Rica
37 United States of America
Most of the readership of this site live in countries where the medical system is not even in the top 15 countries!
This means that many of us, (especially us boomers now in our 60s), may want to rely on a good lifestyle to keep our health…not the medical system.
The cost of this medical system is another reason we want to have independence
rather than reliance on government funded programs. We’ll see why next message.
Until then, may your international investing and business be good…and fun!
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