The 2018 STC HEALTH INDEX
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The quality of the healthcare system is part of the product when you decide to relocate to a new location. Our ranking reviews the overall impact of the healthcare system and the general health of the local population. Depending on your financial means, the cost of health coverage can have an important impact on total cost of relocation.

A good example is the U.S.A.; you will possibly find the best doctors and treatment facilities, but at a very high cost. Even with private insurance coverage, you will still need to pay some amount from your own pocket (generally 1/3 of the total bill). The salaries of U.S. doctors are the highest in the world, and highly inflated by the fact that many come out of medical school with approximately $0.5M– in student loan debt.

Universal healthcare is less valuable the more money you have. As an immigrant, it important to verify whether you receive the publicly funded health care. In relocation costs, healthcare cost is based on immigration status.

The Health Index is a country based index.

Life Expectancy: Average number of years that a new-born is expected to live if current mortality rates continue to apply.

% of Birth Attended by Skilled: The proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel is the proportion of total live births that are attended by a skilled birth attendant trained in providing lifesaving obstetric care.

% of Improved Sanitation: Sanitation facilities that are not considered as "improved" (also called "unimproved") are: Public or shared latrine (meaning a toilet that is used by more than one household), flush/pour flush to elsewhere (not into a pit, septic tank, or sewer) and pit latrine without slab.

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

Under 5 Mortality Rate: The under-five mortality rate refers to the probability of dying before age 5 years per 1,000 new-borns. (c) Unit of Measurement: Per thousand live births.

Cancer Death Rate 30-70 years: Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cells, which can invade and spread to other sites in the body. Cancer can have severe health consequences, and is a leading cause of death. Lung, prostate, colorectal, stomach, and liver cancer are the most common types of cancer in men, while breast, colorectal, lung, uterine cervix, and stomach cancer are the most common among women. The rate is for men between the ages of 30 and 70 years old.

Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution: National estimates of mortality from air pollution are calculated 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: National estimates of mortality due to unintentional poisonings are primarily derived from data collected in CRVS systems. In countries with high-quality CRVS systems, accurate registration of deaths from unintentional poisonings, and in particular distinguishing these from intentional poisonings, remains a challenge.

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

Global Food Security Index: 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, which measures these drivers of food security across both developing and developed countries.

Core Capacity Score: Average of 13 Internationals Health Regulations core capacity scorestest.

Free Health Care: Free Health Care refers to a publicly funded health care that provides primary services free of charge or a nominal fee to all it's citizen, with no exclusion based on wealth

Universal Health Care: Universal health care, sometimes referred to as universal health coverage, universal coverage, or universal care, usually refers to a health care system that provides healthcare and financial protection to more than 90% of the citizens of a particular country.

The vast majority of the data was taken from the World Health Organization World Health 2017 Statistics Monitoring http://www.who.int/

Global Food Security Index by the Economist Intelligence Unit http://foodsecurityindex.eiu.com/

Universal Health Care is taken from our data-based and researched individually in government websites, WHO and Pacific Prime Insurance.