RCG Health Index 2021


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The RCG Global Health Index ranks the world’s countries according to the performance of their healthcare system. Our ranking reviews both the healthcare system and the general health of the local population. The healthcare system is an important factor to consider when you’re relocating. The cost of health coverage can have a major impact on the cost of living. Private insurance can cost thousands a year yet provide only limited coverage. Not all government-subsidized health plans are equal. Some will cover dental, whereas others might not. Subsidized healthcare is less valuable the more money you have. Wealthy individuals might feel they’re better served by a private system where high-quality care can be obtained with very little waiting time.

The RCG Global Health Index is the world’s leading free resource for comparing the measurement and ranking of countries across key health indicators. The world health index measures and ranks countries on their contributions to health and sustainable development. Our Universal Healthcare map describes every country’s healthcare system based on universal coverage and level of government subsidy.


The RCG Universal Healthcare map is an interactive world map showing all the healthcare systems across the globe. The map evaluates the healthcare system of all the world countries on the basis of universal coverage and its gratuity.

Global Health Security Index Ranking


The data were collected in December 2020.

Life Expectancy is defined as the average number of years a newborn is expected to live, given the current mortality rate.

% of Birth Attended by Skilled is defined as the proportion of live births attended by a skilled birth attendant who is trained in providing lifesaving obstetric care.

% of Improved Sanitation is defined as the share of sanitation facilities that are not considered as public toilets or shared latrines (meaning that they are used by more than one household), require flushing/pouring to flush (not into a pit, septic tank, or sewer) and pit latrines without a slab.

% of Improved Drinking is defined as a drinking-water source that, by nature of its construction or through active intervention, is likely to be protected from outside contamination, in particular from contamination by fecal matter.

Under-five Mortality Rate is defined as the probability of dying before age 5 per 1,000 newborns.

Cancer Death Rate 30-70 years. The cancer rate is for men between the ages of 30 and 70 years old.

Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution is defined by using country data on the proportion of households using polluting fuel or technology combinations, mean levels of particulate matter in the ambient air, and estimates of deaths by cause.

Mortality rate from unintentional poisoning is primarily derived from data collected in Civil Registration and Vital Statistic (CRVS) systems. In countries with high-quality CRVS systems, accurate registration of deaths from unintentional poisonings – and distinguishing these from intentional poisonings – remains a challenge.

Physician Rate per 10,000 inhabitants is defined as the number of graduates of any facility or school of medicine who are working in the country in any medical field (practice, teaching, and research).

Core Capacity Score is the average score of 13 International Health Regulations core capacity tests.

Source: World Health Organization World Health 2020 Statistics Monitoring

The Global Food Security Index considers the core issues of affordability, availability, and quality across a set of 109 countries. The index is a dynamic quantitative and qualitative benchmarking model constructed from 28 unique indicators and measure these drivers of food security across both developing and developed countries.

Source: Global Food Security Index by the Economist Intelligence Unit

Free Healthcare is defined as publicly subsidized healthcare that provides primary services free of charge or for a nominal fee to all the country’s citizens.

Universal Healthcare, also referred to as universal health coverage, refers to a system that provides healthcare and financial protection to more than 90% of the citizens of a particular country.

Source: Healthcare information was gathered from individual government websites.

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