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Where in the world can you get universal health care?

Where in the world can you get universal health care?
America doesn't have universal health care coverage -- but Thailand, Rwanda, Chile and Brazil do.
June 28th, 2012
12:40 PM ET

By Madison Park, CNN

America doesn't have universal health care coverage, but nearly 50 countries have attained universal or near-universal health coverage by 2008, according to the International Labor Organization. Here are more examples of countries have implemented near-universal health care:

Brazil – Free health care coverage is recognized as a citizen's right in Brazil.

Rwanda – Since establishing a national health plan in 1999, Rwanda has insured about 91% of its population with health care.

Thailand – The WHO uses Thailand as an example of a low- or middle-income country that has been able to extend health coverage to all citizens.

Moldova – The Eastern European country became independent with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. By 2004, it began a mandatory health insurance program.

Kuwait – The level of health care is comparable to average European standards, according to the WHO.

Chile – The Chilean constitution guarantees rights to health protection.


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. muhammad,

    in kenya every man for him self-.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  2. nadia

    I could not understand on which basis Mrs. Amanpour stated, in TV intervew with Ruth Dreifuss former Swiss president, that US is the most developed country in the world. Militarywise I may agree it is the most powerful country but development is another story. Developed country is defined by the economic situation, level of education, state services provided by the state to the population, awarness of the population of their rights but mainly of their duties towards their nations. In developed countries people are healthier because they must have health insurances which allows them to go through health checks, early diagnoses of illnesses, preventive meaasures against health degradation, dietary awarness, vaccination against infectius diseases etc. It is amazing how some people, if left to make own decisions, would prefer buying a car rather than caring for own health.

    June 28, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
    • bwana

      You are so very right!

      July 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  3. meandering

    Reblogged this on meandering.

    June 28, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Reply

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