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Singapore Beats Hong Kong in Health Efficiency: Southeast Asia

Singapore overtook Hong Kong to top a ranking of the most-efficient health-care systems, as the government boosts spending on medical services to support an aging population.

The Southeast Asian nation was rated first among 51 countries, according to an annual ranking compiled by Bloomberg that tracks factors including life expectancy, the cost of health care as a percentage of gross domestic product and total medical expenditure for each person. Hong Kong dropped to second place and Italy was ranked third, while the U.S. was 44th and Russia last.