Health: Perception of Personal Health Status Among Adults, by country
CountryVery healthy/healthy,
in %
Somewhat unhealthy/unhealthy,
in %
South KoreaSouth Korea9010
Ivory CoastIvory Coast8317
U.S.United States of America7722
Hong KongHong Kong6039
  • Region: Worldwide
  • Time period: Oct 9 to Dec 10, 2022
  • Published: Apr 2023

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 27, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

Top-ranked countries in perceived health

Vietnam and India lead with the highest percentage of adults perceiving themselves as very healthy or healthy, at 93% and 92%, respectively. The perception of good health in these countries significantly surpasses that of developed nations such as the United States, Canada, and Germany, where the figures stand at 77%, 77%, and 68% respectively.

Lowest self-rated health perception

Kenya and Poland are at the bottom, with only 47% of adults perceiving themselves as very healthy or healthy. This is less than half the rate reported in Vietnam, highlighting significant disparities in health perceptions across different global regions.

Countries with highest percentage of unhealthy perceptions

Kenya leads in the highest percentage of adults perceiving themselves as somewhat unhealthy or unhealthy at 50%, closely followed by Poland at 49%. These figures starkly contrast with countries like Vietnam and India, where only 7% report similar health perceptions.

Notable disparities within continents

European countries show notable disparities in health perception, with Italy having 84% of adults perceiving themselves as very healthy or healthy, whereas Finland reports only 59%. This significant variance within a single continent underscores the diverse health outlooks among its populations.

Comparison between North America and Asia

In North America, the United States and Canada both have 77% of adults perceiving themselves as very healthy or healthy, a figure considerably lower than that of several Asian countries, including Vietnam (93%), India (92%), and South Korea (90%). This comparison highlights a more optimistic health perception in parts of Asia compared to North America.

Perceptions in high-income countries

Among high-income countries, Japan and Germany have lower percentages of adults perceiving themselves as very healthy or healthy, at 68%, compared to countries with similar economic statuses, such as Canada and the United States (77%). This suggests that economic wealth does not directly correlate with higher positive health perceptions.

Contrast between South America and Asia

Countries in South America such as Brazil and Argentina report 78% and 77% of adults feeling very healthy or healthy, respectively, which are comparable to the United States and Canada but fall short when compared to the top-ranking Asian countries like Vietnam and India. This illustrates diverse health perceptions even among countries with similar economic development levels.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which countries have the highest percentage of adults who regard themselves as very healthy or healthy?

Vietnam and India lead with 93% and 92% respectively viewing themselves as very healthy or healthy.

Which countries have the lowest percentage of adults viewing themselves as very healthy or healthy?

The countries with the lowest health perception levels are Kenya and Poland, both at 47%.

Terms and Definitions

Health perception refers to how an individual views his or her own personal health status. This subjective assessment can be influenced by multiple factors, including physical condition, mental health, and environmental influences. It plays a significant role in health-seeking behavior and utilization of health services.

Adult health, also known as adult medicine, involves preventive care, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and conditions that typically occur in adulthood. Various lifestyle factors, individual behavior, and psychosocial conditions considerably impact adult health status.

Public health refers to the science of protecting the health of entire communities or populations through efforts such as education, policy making, and research for disease and injury prevention. This field focuses on the overall promotion of health and prevention of diseases among a broad population rather than on individual healthcare.

A healthcare system refers to an organized network of health facilities, resources, and personnel that deliver healthcare services to communities or populations. This includes hospitals, clinics, health professionals, equipment, and medications. The system can vary from country to country.

Healthcare access refers to the individuals' ability to obtain appropriate health services when needed. It is affected by factors like financial capacity, geographical accessibility, cultural/language barriers, and availability of quality services.

Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. A higher level of health literacy implies better understanding of health information and more effective engagement with health services.

Health-seeking behavior refers to the actions taken by individuals who perceive themselves to have a health problem or to be ill for the purpose of finding an appropriate remedy. The behavior can be influenced by sociocultural, economic, and environmental factors and can significantly affect an individual's health outcome.

Healthcare equity refers to the attainment of the highest level of health for all people. It implies that health resources and services should be distributed fairly among the population, devoid of discrimination or bias, and individual health should not be compromised due to social determinants.

Social determinants of health refer to the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. These may include socio-economic conditions, education, physical environment, employment, and social support networks.
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