The battle of the healthcare systems is over and there is one clear winner.
If you’re going to get sick, Australia is a great place to do it.
A new study has ranked 11 healthcare systems from high-income countries around the world and awarded Australia second place behind the UK.
The Netherlands claimed third place, while New Zealand and Norway tied for fourth.
The study looked at a range of health issues and found that when it comes to important factors, such as care process, administrative efficiency and health care outcomes, Australia outranks the majority.
No one could beat the UK though, who’s National Health Service (NHS) was praised for its tight management and efficiency. Similar to Australia’s Medicare, the NHS is controlled by the government and funded through general tax revenue.
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However, unlike Australia, the majority of hospitals are public and most of the specialists who work in them are government employees.
The study noted that the NHS has more direct management accountability to the government than other health systems, allowing them to cut down on red tape.
Researchers looked at five key factors for their study: care process, administrative efficiency, equity, access and health care outcomes.
Australia was ranked number one for both health care outcomes and administrative efficiency, but missed the mark on equity to land at number seven.