It’s possible you’ll need to visit hospital at least once in your life, whether it’s for emergency care, childbirth, or a scheduled operation. While they’re not exactly known for being a picnic, there are a lot of factors that can influence how pleasant your recovery experience in hospital can be, and these vary across the world. One of the biggest elements is what hospital resources are available.
Whatever you may be in hospital for, it’s important to consider having private health insurance. In Australia in particular, a hospital policy can be incredibly beneficial in the event you require long-term medical recovery, given it can help cover the cost which can be exorbitant if it’s a long stay. It can also benefit patients by helping them avoid public waiting lists and allowing them the freedom to choose their doctor and recover in a private room (subject to availability).
In comparison, countries such as the USA or UK have similar health systems with a few key differences. For example, there is very little public healthcare in the USA, so its very common for people to purchase private health insurance, which is typically arranged through their employer. The UK has a public health system for all residents that covers hospital care, GP appointments and mental health. It is possible to get private health insurance, though the coverage available differs greatly to what’s available in Australia.
Having private health insurance is just one factor that can influence your recovery in hospital. Other major factors include hospital funding and the number of beds, doctors, and nurses available. The more medical professionals and facilities that are available, the more comfortable patients will likely be as they won’t have to wait as long for treatment.
To get a glimpse of which country might be the best resourced for hospital visits by patients, the health insurance experts at Compare the Market combined multiple OECD data sets regarding healthcare funding and resources for hospitals. The results were indexed based on all metrics such as the numbers of doctors and nurses, the number of beds, hospital funding, plus public healthcare and private healthcare coverage (all metrics are detailed in the methodology below).
Here are the countries that ranked on top.