Swiss rated third in health services quality survey

Study Swiss healthcare is third best in the world

Swiss rated third in health services quality survey

The study created a Healthcare Access and Quality (HAQ) Index to measure health-care access and quality in the countries and territories surveyed from 1990 to 2015.

The study points that despite the country's socio-economic development, India has failed to achieve in healthcare goals and the gap between the score and predicted score has widened in the last 25 years.

Professor Martin McKee, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who co-led the study, said: 'The UK has made consistent progress since 1990, but with a score of 85, it now lags behind many of its European neighbors, including Finland, Sweden, Spain and Italy, all of which have health systems very similar to the British NHS and so are most directly comparable.

At the bottom of the table was the Central African Republic, scoring just 29 on the overall index.

According to the ranking, the avoidable or treatable diseases which still have the highest death rates in Ireland are Hodgkin's Lymphoma (58% of those diagnosed were cured), Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer (59%) and Lower-Respiratory Infections (71%).

All over the world, people are dying from common diseases with well-known treatments.

The researchers' report, called the Healthcare Access and Quality Index, is based on death rates for 32 diseases and injuries that could be avoided or effectively treated with proper medical care.

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The study is authored by Dr. Christopher Murray‚ director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

As examples, he pointed to Norway and Australia, which each scored a high-ranking 90 overall.

"America's ranking is an embarrassment", according to Murray, who noted that US health spending per person - $9,000 annually - is more than that of any other country. "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".

The study, published in The Lancet medical journal, set out to assess the availability and quality of health care services worldwide from 1990 to 2015.

The study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, lists a number of limitations, including any that are applicable to the larger GBD study, and that not all countries have reliable statistics. Those in more-remote areas in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean scored poorly...

The paper does offer some favorable signs of improvement in health care access and quality.

The report will be updated annually‚ with an aim to use the results to better understand gaps and opportunities for improving health access around the world.

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