Lincolnshire Echo Online (18 June 2014)
The National Health Service has been ranked as the best healthcare system in the world by a study carried out by the Commonwealth Fund.
The Mirror, Mirror on the Wall report studies healthcare services in 11 different countries – Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
In the study, healthcare services in each country are compared to those in the USA – whose healthcare system is the most expensive in the world.
In the report, Britain’s NHS ranked first overall, with Switzerland taking second place.
The study found that the UK “continues to demonstrate strong performance,” with the NHS ranked second to none in terms of efficiency, quality of care and low cost at the point of service.
The USA fared less well in the study – despite the relatively high costs of its healthcare system, it was found to underachieve in “most dimensions of performance.”
Meanwhile, the NHS was described by the study as providing “universal coverage with low out-of-pocket costs while maintaining quick access to specialty services.”