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Netherlands tops European healthcare index

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i538 (Published 27 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i538
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

The Netherlands has been ranked as the most consumer friendly healthcare system in Europe in the latest annual Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI), scoring 916 points out of a possible 1000.1 The UK came in 14th position—one place below the Czech Republic—in the survey of 35 countries.

The index, which began in 2005, ranks countries on 48 indicators in areas such as patient rights and information, access to care, …

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