Other variables in the mortality rate have to do with a nation’s health care system and the ability to cope with large numbers of sick people. Thirty years ago, America had about 6 hospital beds per 1,000 people. Today, the U.S. has 2.4 beds per 1,000 people. To put this in perspective, 27 other countries (for example, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Poland, Greece, Norway, Ireland, Turkey) have more hospital bed capacity than America. Japan, with the most, has almost 8 hospital beds per 1,000 people. This may contribute to their low mortality rate. Also, some nations have universal health care making it easier for people to seek testing and treatment.