Bulgaria Ranks 46th in Bloomberg's Healthcare System Index

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria Ranks 46th in Bloomberg's Healthcare System Index File photo, BGNES

Bulgaria is among the countries with the least efficient healthcare systems in the world, data published by Bloomberg shows.

Out of 55 countries studied by the Bloomberg index, Bulgaria has dropped by three spots compared to its results in 2009 (the index ranks countries as of 2014).

Two years ago it had the 46th most efficient healthcare system, while in 2009 it ranked 43rd.

This places it in a better position compared to Libya, Belarus, Serbia and the United States (47-50th), but in a worse one than Denmark, Venezuela, Ecuador and Kazakhstan (42-45).

The average life expectancy in 2014 was 75.41 years, which compares to Romania (75.60), Iran (75.39), Hungary (75.87), Serbia (75.53) or China (75.78).

Data for Bulgaria matches information obtained by international medial experts' network Medigo which suggests average life expectancy in Bulgaria was 75 years in 2015, up from 71 years in 2000 lower than the 2030 estimate, which is 2030.

"This puts Bulgaria slightly below the predicted European average for 2030, which will be 80. However, Bulgaria will still have a higher life expectancy than countries like Russia (71), Ukraine (73) and Turkey (77)," Medigo has told Novinite.  

The index measures life expectancy, health-care spending per capita and relative spending as a share of gross domestic product.

Among Bulgaria's neighbours, Greece fared well by moving up nine spots compared to 2009 - from 22nd back then to 13th in 2014.

Since 2009, Hong Kong and Singapore have retained their places as the countries with the best and second-best healthcare system, respectively. Last come Colombia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, and Russia.

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