The UK’s NHS has again been ranked the top health system

“The UK health service was praised for its safety, affordability and efficiency, but fared less well on outcomes such as preventing early death and cancer survival.”

So because it’s “free”, it’s number one. Results be damned.

The UK health service was praised for its safety, affordability and efficiency, but fared less well on outcomes such as preventing early death and cancer survival.

The good and the bad

The NHS was praised for the safety of its care, the systems in place to prevent ill-health, such as vaccinations and screening, the speed at which people get help and that there was equitable access regardless of income.

Only in one of the five themes looked at did the NHS perform poorly compared with the other nations – health outcomes. This covers general health of the population, early deaths and cancer survival among other measures.

Wouldn’t you think that the most important consideration for a health care system’s ranking would be actual healthcare? 

But, no, the rankings put that on the bottom. 

Hell, everyone can die. But if it’s free and accessible…

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