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NHS is ranked as best health system in the world

The NHS is the best of all health systems in the world, an international study has concluded, with the UK scoring highest on quality, access and efficiency.

A report by The Commonwealth Fund, a US-based foundation, compared the health systems of 11 wealthy countries and found the UK scored highly on caring for people with long-term conditions but poorly on keeping people alive.

Overall, the UK came in first ahead of Switzerland and Sweden, while the US came last after Canada.

The report said: ‘The UK continues to demonstrate strong performance and ranked first overall, though lagging notably on health outcomes.’

But later it said: ‘Overall, the UK outperforms all countries on each of the seven chronic care management indicators. Different countries, however, were successful on different aspects of chronic care.’

According to the study, only New Zealand spent less on healthcare per head of population than the UK among the 11 nations compared - however the UK, alongside Sweden, ranked first on equity on health outcomes based on income, while New Zealand came last alongside the US.

The report said: ‘Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK score highest on overall equity, with small differences between lower- and higher-income adults on most measures.’

The study comes as the proportion of GDP spent on NHS has recently fallen.

GPC deputy chair Dr Richard Vautrey said the quality was only achieved through the hard work of people who work in the NHS and the UK should consider spending more of GDP on healthcare to ensure it retained its position at the top of the rankings.

Dr Vautrey said: ‘The NHS is not only best health system in the world, we achieve this by spending less of our GDP than most of the other comparable countries. However we are doing this by the hard work and dedication of all those that work in the NHS, and GPs are fully aware of the strain the current unsustainable workload is causing. We can as a nation afford to invest more in the NHS and increase the share of investment in to general practice. This would ensure we maintain our world-leading status.’

Readers' comments (19)

  • Go on red tops publish this and an analysis of why this government is privatising a good system.

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  • I bet the BBC ,The Daily Wail et al will completely ignore and suppress this.

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  • "NHS is ranked as best health system in the world"

    The best in the world?

    Or the best out of 11 countries according to a US privately funded foundation with a particular US agenda?

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  • simple. UK prioritises need over want and US prioritises want over need.

    the latter is responsible for a doubling in health costs for a worsening in health outcomes.

    So, tax payers will be more out of pocket and also more unhealthy as a result.

    ... roll on privatisation...

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  • ‘The UK continues to demonstrate strong performance and ranked first overall, though lagging notably on health outcomes.’

    Eh?
    Surely outcomes is all that matters?
    This survey has the stink of a hidden agenda.

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  • This will not feature in Tory influenced media because it does not support the privatisation is good agenda

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  • Surely outcomes is all that matters?

    Not to HMG, ACCESS ACCESS ACCESS!

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  • "Surely outcomes is all that matters?"

    I imagine the issue here is that health outcomes are dependent on many things outside the control of a health service such as individual lifestyle.

    So in comparing health services, you have to look at health outcomes as just one indicator among many.

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  • " the UK scored .....poorly on keeping people alive.

    The report said: ‘The UK ....., though lagging notably on health outcomes.’

    however the UK, alongside Sweden, ranked first on equity on health outcomes based on income,

    The report said: ‘Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK score highest on overall equity, with small differences between lower- and higher-income adults on most measures.’


    There's the real scoring system behind this survey - regardless of being poor at keeping people alive, regardless of being poor at health outcomes, the NHS comes top because it inflicts this bad result equally on poor and wealthy people. If we had the best record on keeping people alive and the best health outcomes but were not so good at spreading it equally between poor and wealthy we would not be top of the survey!
    It stinks to high heaven of a politically motivated agenda.

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  • "NHS is ranked as best health system in the world"

    Dont worry the government is doing its best to change this.

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