Netherlands tops healthcare table that focuses on patients’ perspective

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 17 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2614
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

    The Netherlands has Europe’s best healthcare system, concludes the latest Euro Health Consumer Index, which is based on indicators such as patients’ rights and waiting times.

    Other strong performers were Denmark, Hungary, and Luxembourg, all three of which have made much progress since last year’s survey. The United Kingdom also improved, climbing four places into 13th position, while France, Cyprus, and Portugal fell sharply down the rankings.

    The annual survey was launched in 2005 by Health Consumer Powerhouse, a private healthcare analysis and information provider registered in Sweden. Presenting the findings, Johan Hjertqvist, president of the …

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