A new study has ranked the 33 most developed countries based on the quality of their healthcare, and the UK has been ranked in 13th place worldwide. The Healthcare Mapped report conducted by Radar Healthcare, utilised the Healthcare Index figure to rank the overall quality of healthcare for each of the countries.
The UK has been named in 13th place with a Healthcare Index score of 74.83. South Korea, Japan, and France being named as the best quality healthcare worldwide.
Top 20 countries ranked on their healthcare quality
1. South Korea
13. United Kingdom
16. New Zealand
How can the UK improve?
Chloe Weatherhead, Head of Customer Experience at Radar Healthcare says: ‘Overall, there are numerous factors that have an impact on the efficiency of healthcare systems across the globe, such as financial and humanitarian crises, high population density, low salaries, and so on.
‘The huge steps that have been made, with regards to healthcare-related technology innovation within the last few years alone, is already having a hugely positive impact on quality and safety, and improving outcomes and overall experiences for all kinds of patients.
‘Learning and taking inspiration from impressive international healthcare systems, such as those found in Japan, could certainly be a wise move for those wary of embracing ever-evolving technological advancements. Ultimately, the best way to tackle the ongoing challenges healthcare systems around the globe continue to face is to drive improvements by learning from one another.
‘When it comes to the UK in particular, it’s reasonable to note that it could be beneficial to focus on upgrading different technological processes, such as making it possible to manage compliance systems and quality checks all in one place.
‘It’s also worth noting how access to national health-related data can have a hugely significant learning impact. For example, the new LFPSE (Learn from patient safety events) service – which are currently in the final stages of development – will act to give healthcare workers a more holistic and wider view of national data, in order to see what’s working well and what’s not up and down the UK.
‘At Radar Healthcare, we pride ourselves on our ability to condense the workloads of those in medical professions, allowing them to work smarter – not harder. It is also of the utmost importance to us that those using our services are in the mindset of wanting to take the opportunity to learn and grown, rather than live in fear of blame of repercussions, as this is completely detrimental to improvement in the healthcare industry.’