The Russian health-care system is one of the least efficient in the world, but how inefficient is it? As low as it gets within the universe measured by the Health-Care Efficiency Index from Bloomberg. This year’s Index scored Russia as the least efficient of the 55 countries covered.
While life expectancy remains one of the best indicators of health-care efficiency, it is also slow to change. Shifts in the results of the Index stem largely from growth in health expenditures. To the extent that governments play a leading role in regulating and providing healthcare, government intervention has a stronger influence in the index results.
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It is estimated that just 150 minutes of cycling or walking spent by each adult per week could save the US economy about $28 billion a year. Yet, cycling and walking still lack the widespread popularity required to realize this level of economic benefit.Between 2007 and 2016, despite a slight increase in the number of people walking or biking to work, only 3.4 percent of the total US population commuted by foot or bike, according to the Alliance for Biking and Walking. In the most populous cities, however, this proportion is higher with an average of 6.4 percent of people biking or walking to work.Beyond personal health and leisure...