Netherlands remains top of European health index

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 27 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h488
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

The eighth edition of the Euro Health Consumer Index indicates that the performance of almost every country surveyed has improved year on year.1 The Netherlands remains in top position, with 898 points of a maximum 1000 awarded for the 48 indicators used.

Commenting on the findings, Johan Hjertqvist, the founder and president of the Swedish company Health Consumer Powerhouse, which produces the index, said that they show “stronger patient influence, better access, reduced risk of medical failures, improved treatment outcomes, and, even in times of significant funding pressure, extended range and reach of services in the public package.”

The Netherlands is the only country that …

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