Promoting the well-being and health of a population is not an easy task. Several factors influence people’s quality of life, ranging from healthy eating and routine body care to climate issues such as temperature and moisture. But none of that beats having the most advanced medicine in the world.

The medical structure of a country is essential to guarantee the health of its population. Therefore, for a reliable and excellent health system to exist, there are also necessary to be quality educational institutions in the area. Considering these issues, we prepared a text on countries with the best health system in the world and their characteristics. Check out!

Where is the medicine most advanced?

Generally speaking, the countries with the most developed medicine have the best training schools in this area. We can see this relationship when comparing two different rankings: the best medical universities and the best hospitals in the world.

The English consultancy QS released a ranking pointing out the best universities to study, considering the activity area. In the case of Medicine, most educational institutions were in the United States. The effects of these schools can also be seen at other levels, such as the quality of hospitals in the region where they are located.

In 2019, the American magazine Newsweek organized a ranking of the best hospitals in the world, which would be at the forefront of healthcare by providing a high level of care to patients. Analyzing 11 countries based on the standard of living/life expectancy, population size, the number of hospitals, and data availability, the magazine points out that four of the top ten hospitals are in the USA.

It is not a mere coincidence that the places where the best medical teaching institutions are concentrated are also the places that have the best conditions for medical care. The excellence of service starts with the training of its professionals.

Who has the best public health?

Efficient training of health professionals is, without a doubt, the fundamental element to guarantee the most advanced medicine in the world. Despite this, this is not the only criterion. As much as the health professionals are excellent, it is also necessary that the population access these professionals.

When we analyze the ten best health systems in the world, we notice that all of them, in one way or another, are concerned with guaranteeing their citizens access to health care. Each of the ten countries is organized according to its reality and needs. There are several ways in which this happens.

For example, in addition to having one of the best Faculties of Medicine globally, Cuba offers excellent preventive care systems, which means that possible diseases are noticed even in the initial phase, facilitating treatment. There are 200 health plans available to the population in Germany, and those who cannot afford them can use the public assistance service.

The country with the best healthcare system in the world is Taiwan. There, a system of smart cards was developed, which compiles the entire medical history of citizens since birth. This way, the diagnosis of possible health problems is much easier.

What is the healthiest country in the world? 

The well-being of a population depends on access to health and the efficient training of professionals in this area, but it does not stop there. Some cultural issues are also important to ensure the healthy life of a population. This is what the healthiest countries in the world demonstrate.

The Bloomberg global index, organized in 2019, pointed out that Mediterranean countries, such as Spain and Italy, are the healthiest in the world. The list measures the health of a country, taking into account social behavior, such as food and body care, to the influence of the climate on people’s lives. Factors such as life expectancy and access to clean water add up to positive points, while the use of alcohol and tobacco, for example, reduces the grade.

Among the various criteria that justify Spain’s first position is the high life expectancy of its citizens (the third highest in the world). This index results from access to quality public health and the high number of doctors specializing in family care and culture.

The health of a country depends on its structure, but it also has to do with the population’s customs. Mediterranean eating habits are important points, point out the experts consulted. The local diet, supplemented with extra virgin olive oil and nuts, allows for a lower rate of cardiovascular problems than those focusing only on reducing fat.

How is medicine teaching in Brazil?

Although Brazil still needs to improve in several aspects of public health, we cannot fail to notice our advances in this area. For example, the Unified Health System (SUS) is one of the largest and most complex in the world. Furthermore, in Latin America, four of the ten best medical universities are in our country, increasing this number.

In the last 20 years, the number of Medicine courses in Brazil has grown a lot. In 1997, there were 85 medical schools in the country; today, there are more than 300. This advance may be a positive point on the path to better public health, but it is no guarantee. As we saw earlier, the differential of advanced medicine is its quality.

In 2018, the Ministry of Education (MEC) banned creating new medical courses for five years to preserve the quality of education. Several faculties were considered incapable of properly training professionals in the field.

To have good public health, quality training in this sector is necessary. That is why the role of recognized institutions is important. The UCPel is a good example. It has almost 60 years of tradition, has its hospital course, and manages six Basic Health Units in Pelotas. The institution has a solid trajectory in which joint health is a priority.

Achieving the most advanced medicine globally is a complex process, and several factors influence this journey. Undoubtedly, the main one is to enable quality training for professionals in this area.

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