"In other words, the spends more of its money on health care while getting less than almost every other nation in return."Of course, all such rankings depend on how variables are measured. In this case, though I'm happy to have Hong Kong's success recognized, I think the measure is a bit too primitive.
Each country was ranked on three criteria: life expectancy (weighted 60%), relative per capita cost of health care (30%); and absolute per capita cost of health care (10%). Countries were scored on each criterion and the scores were weighted and summed to obtain their efficiency scores.So life expectancy is the only measure of health outcome. A bit primitive, but not invalid.
The main message from the story is that all the top (most efficient) systems are heavily state controlled, and are universal.