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European health survey ranks UK performance as “mediocre”

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 29 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:10
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    The United Kingdom's health service is good at information for patients but performs poorly overall, particularly on waiting lists, finds a new survey of all European Union member states and Switzerland.

    The Euro health consumer index 2006, compiled by the Health Consumer Powerhouse in Brussels, ranks the UK 15th out of 26 countries.

    The index assessed 28 indicators grouped in five categories: patients' rights and information; waiting time for treatment; outcomes measured by certain death rates; the range of services offered by health systems; and the availability of drugs.

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