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UK remains in middle of Europe health table, with Switzerland top

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 28 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l971
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

The UK has been ranked 16th in a wide ranging assessment of 35 national health systems in Europe, just below Portugal (13th), the Czech Republic (14th) and Estonia (15th).

Switzerland topped the latest rankings, followed by the Netherlands and then Norway, while in last place was Albania, preceded by Romania and Hungary.

The rankings were published in the 2018 survey by the Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI),1 which has been producing annual assessments of the performance of national healthcare systems in Europe since 2005.

The results were based on 46 indicators grouped under six headings: patient …

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