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The happiest nationalities; but what is the healthcare like?

The happiest nationalities; but what is the healthcare like?

Everyone is searching for happiness. In terms of countries, it can be summed up by how the community comes together, level of employment, social life and life expectancy. What is the healthcare like though? According to survey results carried out by Gallup in 2013, these are the countries that ranked top:
Iceland
General life expectancy is 82 years old. Healthcare services are funded by the state and residents contribute through their taxes. As a result, everyone is entitled to receive healthcare coverage. Expats need to register straightaway and live in the country for a minimum of six months. You cannot opt out of the public healthcare system. Plus the quality of water is good and levels of air pollution are low. 

Qatar
It’s rich. So rich that poverty is virtually non-existent as is unemployment. There are well-equipped hospitals and before relocating there, you’re required to undergo an extensive health test to check for diseases. Only healthy people allowed in. If you receive a full residency permit you can apply for a Health Card which entitles you to free treatment at public hospitals. Private medical insurance is advised though. 

Sweden
It is known for its strong sense of community which reduces suffering. As for its healthcare; everyone has equal access to healthcare services which is largely taxpayer-funded. Mortality rates are falling. Moreover, the patients are free to choose their doctor or healthcare facility.

Norway
It has money which makes people happy but also known for a healthy work-life balance. Healthcare is available to all legal residents though a universal, public healthcare system which is financed by both the country’s tax revenues and a national insurance scheme. 

Most of the residents aren’t facing poverty because of the country’s strong economic background. There have been major advancements in the health and education sectors. Public healthcare facilities in Dubai are of very high standards and the public healthcare system is quite advanced. However, the UAE has been gradually making it compulsory for expatriates to purchase their own health insurance. Access to public facilities are limited.  

Switzerland
Technology booms here and is also known for its advanced educational system and healthcare. Its hospitals are first class and anyone planning to live in the country is obligated to contact a public or private health insurance provider within three months of arrival. Public health insurers are not allowed to refuse applicants because of any pre-existing illnesses and residents are allowed to choose their doctor.

Venezuela 
There is a Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness. That says it all. The healthcare system however, is not the best, with rumours of collapse in 2013. Private health services are costly and state ones aren’t of the best quality. 

Unemployment levels are low, crime levels are low, the environment is generally clean and there is great access to quality education. Similarly to the US, Australia has also adopted the Medicare system which is considered to be of high quality. The climate is good as is the work-life balance.

Denmark
Childcare is often free and the country is known for being welcoming. Healthcare is considered to be a civil right and social security and inequality is a priority. There is a broad healthcare system with a range of medical services that all residents have equal access to. Upon registration, you are automatically entitled to access public health services.
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