Many countries have different rules and regulations when it comes to their healthcare systems, and, apart from the likes of the USA, most wealthy nations provide universal healthcare.

There isn’t one specific answer to the way healthcare systems operate around the world, especially when social, political and economical factors need to be taken into account.

We’ve found some interesting facts about healthcare around the world and how they differ from the UK’s, and you can read all about them below.

Healthcare in Germany

If you’re feeling a bit stressed and you need to take some time out, it might be worth considering moving to Germany.

German residents can request a prescription to attend a certified spa. However, these spas don’t necessarily offer massages and facials, rather they are there to provide educational insights into exercise, nutrition and relaxation… sound tempting?!

Healthcare in Taiwan

Simple, easy to use and efficient – the Smart Card used in Taiwan will give any doctor instant access to a patient’s medical history. It even has information from each hospital visit so that it can be uploaded on a database used by the government.

Some people have questioned whether this system is too invasive but it’s certainly an improvement on the number of patient documents and files that are sitting on dusty shelves.

Healthcare in Monaco

This tiny country near France has the highest average life expectancy with people living till 89.52 years. This could be to do with the intimate size of Monaco meaning that there is a greater control over medical facilities. Of course, the wealth of the occupants won’t hurt either.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is Chad, Africa where sadly the average life expectancy falls behind at only 49.81 years.

Healthcare in Japan

If you live in Japan and you need to see a doctor urgently, you are certainly in luck. Patients hardly ever make an appointment because they nearly always see their doctor on the same day. Japan have the second longest average life expectancy coming in at 84.74 years.

It’s not all smiles though. Often people in Japan complain about low salaries and the unsatisfactory conditions of the health facilities.

Healthcare in Norway

For those of you who are looking to become a mum in the near future, it might be worth moving to Norway since it’s at the top of the rankings for maternal and child health performance.

These rankings have been down to maternal health, child well-being, female educational status, income and female political status. Norway is actually the only country that falls in the top 12 of all five categories.

It’s also a good place to be for dads as Norway has some of the best paternity benefits for paid time off work.

Healthcare in Cuba

The cost of medical school in Cuba is free which is why there are a lot of doctors and nurses. This has helped to increase the average life expectancy rate and reduce infant mortality rates.

The large quantity of doctors also allows the healthcare system to place doctors and nurses in smaller communities for both personal and preventative care.

Why should you work in healthcare?

Working in the healthcare industry can provide many benefits. By pursuing a career in this field you will be certainly be able to reap the rewards along the way.

  • Impact on people’s lives

There are very few careers where you can touch the lives of others and in the healthcare industry there are so many areas to work in. You can bring a new life into the world, save a life and bring families together, all in the same day.

  • Variety of levels

Obviously you need many years of education and training to be a doctor or a nurse but there are other roles within healthcare that don’t require that much training. From high school graduates, right the way to PhD level, there are a variety of job roles fit for all ages and experience.

  • Earning potential

There is a considerable amount of demand in the healthcare industry which is why there is such good earning potential. Generally speaking, the more highly skilled/educated you are, the higher the wage will be but there are a lot of jobs out there that provide fantastic salaries no matter which level you are at.

  • Varied day

Healthcare is a fast-paced job and with so much to do, it’s little wonder why this industry is one of the most varied to work in. You could be dealing with life or death situations, you are constantly meeting new patients and you will never experience two days the same.

  • Fantastic benefits

The NHS has one of the UK’s best pension schemes and rewards for out of hours work. There is also the opportunity to take part in an annual personal development review to support your career goals. You may even be eligible for life insurance and free screenings.

The healthcare industry is one of the best industries to work in and here at Time Recruitment we focus on healthcare as one of our primary industries.

Whether you are looking to work in the healthcare sector or you are a recruiter hoping to find the ideal candidate, at Time Recruitment we can help you find the perfect match.