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Netherlands tops European healthcare league, with UK coming in at 12th

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 15 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3430
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

For the third time in a row the Netherlands has come top in an exercise to gauge which country’s residents are most satisfied with their healthcare system, have the best outcomes, and have the best access to healthcare and drugs.

The Netherlands came top of the Euro Health Consumer Index, which is produced by the Swedish think tank Health Consumer Powerhouse.1 With 872 points out of a possible 1000, the country emerged well ahead of Denmark (822), Iceland (799), Luxembourg (791), and Belgium (783).

Health Consumer Powerhouse

The United Kingdom, with 721 points, was placed equal 12th with Ireland and Austria among the 34 countries surveyed—two places higher than its ranking in the previous index produced in 2009.

Overall, the index points to …

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