Some may find it difficult to believe but nevertheless it is true that, for the second consecutive year, the NHS in the UK has been named as the best health care system.
11 countries were examined by a think tank using information from a variety of sources. The World Health Organisation (WHO) was amongst the sources providing information that was key to the findings. Researchers from the Commonwealth Fund analysed the data and compiled the rankings using five different quality measures.
Amazingly, despite the US apparently spending “far more on healthcare than other high-income countries,” according to the report, our cousins across the pond ranked bottom of the list.
The data showed that 44% of low income US citizens had difficulty gaining access to quality health care whereas only 7% of comparable UK citizens had similar difficulties. The study found that the citizens of the United States of America has a generally lower standard of health than the other ten countries on the list.
Ease of access to quality health care was one of the quality measures examined as part of the study. Other quality measures included equality of access, administrative efficiency, results and care quality.
So the UK comes out on top of the list while the US brings up the rear, but which are the countries that fall in between? Here is the full list:
1st United Kingdom
3rd The Netherlands
Joint 4th New Zealand / Norway
Joint 6th Sweden / Switzerland
German is renowned for its efficiency but still ranks near the bottom of the pile with Canada and France.
Despite being the top ranked country for health care the UK still has a problem when it comes to positive outcomes. Indeed, it ranks 10th of the eleven countries but it has the most impressive reduction in mortality compared to the last ten years.
The writers of the report stress that the list wasn’t compiled to denigrate the health care systems of any countries. Rather they are trying to find “different approaches to healthcare organisation and delivery that can contribute to top performance”.
You can read the report in its entirety here.