This Country Has the Best Health Care in the World (Nope, It’s Not the U.S.)

By Liz Dwyer,

 Our cousins across the pond in the U.K. are known for complaining about the National Health Service’s notoriously long wait times for surgery and other medical treatment. But according to the latest report from the nonpartisan health organization the Commonweath Fund, that nation’s publicly funded system is the best in the world. Meanwhile, for those of us living in the coloniesthe report ranks health care in the United States in an abysmal last place.

Along with being bested by the U.K., America’s health care system ranked worse than those of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Sweden.

This article was originally published on, June 17, 2014. Read the complete here.

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