Does Spain have the most efficient healthcare service in Europe?

Sana Shah

Research in brief 


According to statistics released by data analysis firm Bloomberg, Spain has come up top (for the second year running) for having the most efficient healthcare system in Europe. It also ranked third-most efficient globally, beaten only by Hong Kong and Singapore. 


Data that was taken into account in ranking the 56 national health services included the typical life expectancy, cost of healthcare per person and the effect on productivity that such healthcare has. 


The average life expectancy in Spain is 82.8 years, whilst the average cost of healthcare per person is around $2,000 per year. Compare this to the life expectancy rate in places like Russia and Ukraine, which both have life expectancy rates of 71 years. Spain’s life expectancy beats that of the US (life expectancy of 78.7), UK (life expectancy of 81 years) and Canada (life expectancy of 82.3 years). In terms of life expectancy, however, Switzerland is marginally better, with an average life expectancy of 82.9 years.