NHS nears bottom of global healthcare rankings as report warns we risk becoming the sick man of the world
- UK healthcare ranked second worst in cohort of 19 similar countries
- France, Spain, Germany and Japan all outperformed the UK in healthcare quality
- Only the United States was worse, as it spends much more on health per capita
- Measures include life expectancy, cancer survival rates, strokes and heart attacks
- NHS waiting lists now stand at a record 6.2million, with growing pressure
The UK is the sick man of the world, with its healthcare system ranking second out of 19 similar countries, a report has warned.
As NHS waiting lists now stand at a record 6.2 million, the report found Britain ‘bumps to the bottom’ of the rankings for a range of major health outcomes – only the United States is doing less well overall.
Think tank Civitas analyzed 2019 data on 16 measures, including life expectancy and survival rates for cancer, stroke and heart attack.
The UK has come down more often than any of the other countries, including France, Spain, Germany and Japan.
The UK’s health care is ranked among the worst of its cohort, with its healthcare system ranking second worst out of 19 similar countries, a report has warned. The UK has come to the bottom more times than any of the other countries, including France, Spain, Germany and Japan
But the United States was ranked lower because it spends far more on health care per capita, has the worst life expectancy, and doesn’t appear in all the tables due to a lack of data.
Researchers say 6,500 lives a year could be saved in the UK if its performance on preventable diseases matched the average rate in other countries.
The only area the UK does well in is helping people with diabetes avoid limb amputation, according to the first international healthcare outcome index, which draws on data from the ‘Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
The UK was ranked 17th out of 19 countries for life expectancy, worst for surviving strokes and heart attacks, and 16th out of 18 for five types of cancer.
For example, five-year survival rates for stomach cancer were 17th out of 19 at 20.7%.
Study author Tim Knox said: “If what matters most to patients is the outcome of the treatment they will receive, then those outcomes should be of concern to all… Our uncritical cult of the NHS means it is difficult to ask questions about our health service and how it ranks against those of other nations.