The Commonwealth Fund, a US think-tank, compared data from 11 countries. Their report rates the NHS as the being best national health system. The NHS came first (highest rating) in almost every category. The NHS was ranked lowest, after the US, for public health and healthy lives.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, 2014 Update: How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally. New York: The Commonwealth Fund, June 2014.
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Davis, K. Stremikis, K. Squires, D. [and] Schoen, C. (2014). Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, 2014 Update: How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally [Report]. New York: The Commonwealth Fund, June 2014.
There is also an Executive Summary.
This report was mentioned briefly in David Cameron’s speech at the Global Dementia Legacy Event. A rare UK commentary on this US think-tank’s evaluation:
Patterson J. (2014). A hush falls on the NHS. London [Online]: NHSNetworks, June 20th 2014.
Economist Intelligence Unit’s Examination of OECD Nations
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) examined statistics from 30 OECD nations, and found that less per head is spent on health in the UK than in many other leading economies. The UK is in the lower half of a league table with respect to health staffing, and the UK sits near the bottom of the OECD league table when it comes to availability of physical resources. NHS performance is judged to be mediocre.
On the other hand, this EIU analysis finds the NHS to be relatively cost-effective compared to other health systems, with low administration costs, thanks to the centralised NHS system; instead of being reliant on competing healthcare insurers for funding or preoccupied with income generation and collecting payments. The NHS’s strong point, judged by international comparisons, lies in equality of access to healthcare.
Pym, H. (2015). Is the NHS lagging behind other health systems? London: BBC Health News, May 5th 2015.
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Full Text Link Note: This report requires free registration with the EIU for access.
The NHS: how does it compare? London: Economist Intelligence Unit, May 2015.