SPAIN’s healthcare system is the best in Europe, claims a new study.
And the country is ranked fifth best in the world, in the study by Bloomberg which measured efficiency, life expectancy and cost.
The report comes after a number of studies showed that Spanish health care has deteriorated dramatically over recent years due to national budget cuts.
British medical journal ‘The Lancet’ recently slammed its quality following drastic 30% cuts over the last few years.
Despite this, Spain’s efficiency rating was 68.3, its life expectancy was 82.3, and the cost of healthcare as a percentage of GDP per capita was 10.4%.
This is compared to the UK’s efficiency rating of 55.7, life expectancy of 80.8, and healthcare cost percentage of 9.4%.
Hong Kong topped the list of the ‘most efficient healthcare countries in the world’, followed by Singapore.
Japan and Israel also made the top five, while the UK came 14th, and the US ranked 46th.
The results were greatly affected by Bloomberg’s decision to take cost into account.
This sent countries with good but very expensive healthcare – like the US – far down the last.