India has moved down one place to 120th in global health ranking list, below Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal.
The 2019 edition of the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index has placed Spain and Italy at number one and two positions out of the 169 countries that were evaluated on different determinants of healthcare delivery.
The index grades nations on variables including life expectancy while imposing penalties on risks such as tobacco use and obesity. It also takes into consideration environmental factors including access to clean water and sanitation.
India has been ranked above Pakistan, Myanmar and Afghanistan which fare at 124, 129 and 153 respectively in the survey. Sri Lanka (66), Bangladesh (91) and Nepal (110) continue to be healthier than India. China rises three places to 52nd while Sub-Saharan countries fare the worst in the in the list of healthiest countries in the world.
A trend seen in the Bloomberg report shows that the countries faring well in the list have government funding at least 70 per cent of the total cost of healthcare.