Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

NHS slips down healthcare league rankings to 30th in the word

NHS slips down healthcare league rankings to 30th in the word

Taiwan has been ranked 45 in a global list of countries assessed for health care availability and quality (HAQ), while the tiny European nation of Andorra topped the list with an overall score of 95 out of 100, according to the latest report by the British medical journal The Lancet published on May 18. "We know this because people are not getting the care that should be expected for diseases with established treatments".

The top country on their list is Andorra, the microstate in the Pyrenees mountains with a population of about 85,000 and an economy is based on tourism.

The growing gap between countries with the highest and lowest scores suggests that health care inequalities due to geography may be on the rise, the authors say.

The standard of primary care was lower in many nations than expected given levels of wealth and development, he added.

Some countries in eastern and western sub-Saharan Africa reached index value beyond their development levels, whereas others, mostly in southern sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and south Asia, trailed behind those with similar level of development, the study found. At the bottom of the table, scoring just 29, was the Central African Republic.

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The United States had an overall score of 81, tied with Estonia and Montenegro. These include tuberculosis, several forms of treatable cancer and cardiovascular disease, for example.

"America's ranking is an embarrassment, especially considering the US spends more than $9,000 per person on health care annually, more than any other country", Murray said in a statement announcing the results. These are lower respiratory infections, neonatal disorders, non-melanoma skin cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, ischemic heart disease, hypertensive heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and the adverse effects of medical treatment itself. "Anyone with a stake in the current health care debate, including elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels, should take a look at where the U.S. is falling short". China was ranked 60th with a score of 74.2.

The researchers then adjusted their analysis to account for variations in death rates not easily attributable to lack of personal healthcare, and measures of personal healthcare access and quality.

"What we have found about healthcare access and quality is disturbing‚" said Murray.

Among nations with more than a million citizens, top honours went to Switzerland, followed by Sweden and Norway. These 32 causes were selected as part of research that Professor Martin McKee and Dr. Ellen Nolte, both co-authors in this study, began in the early 2000s.

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