A Washington-based foundation complete a large study on health care around the world and has found that the NHS is the world's best health care.

The highest points came in quality, access, and efficiency. Among the eleven countries surveyed, the NHS costs the second least per head, behind only New Zealand. The NHS was first out of the 11 countries in 8 out of 11 factors tracked.

It got top place on measures including providing effective care, safe care, co-ordinated care and patient-centred care. The fund also rated the NHS as the best for giving access to care and for efficient use of resources.

In a hilariously dry, very British line, this article notes that

The only serious black mark against the NHS was its poor record on keeping people alive.

But then clarifies that that's to do with socioeconomic factors - I'm guessing they're hinting that as a nation we smoke too much, drink too much, and love a good fry up far too much. Oops.

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The generally short waiting times were noted as well:

Although the NHS came third overall for the timeliness of care, its "short waiting times" were praised. "There is a frequent misperception that trade-offs between universal coverage and timely access to specialised services are inevitable. However, the Netherlands, UK and Germany provide universal coverage with low out-of-pocket costs while maintaining quick access to speciality services,", the report added.

Finally, care for the chronically ill was also lauded.

The NHS also outperforms the other countries – which include France, Germany and Canada – in managing the care of people who are chronically ill, the report said.

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The study also found that:

The same study also castigated healthcare provision in the US as the worst globally. Despite putting the most money into health, America denies care to many patients in need because they do not have health insurance and is also the poorest at saving the lives of people who fall ill, it found.

Obviously nothing is perfect and there are always improvements to be made, but this is a good reminder of why we have to fight the rampant and aggressive Tory dismantling of our excellent public health service. The first comment on this article is the best ever, too...

READ IT AND WEEP you Tory Trolls!!! :)

AHHH my thoughts exactly.

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