THE UK HEALTH SYSTEM
An international comparison of health outcomes
How do NHS health outcomes compare with those of health systems from around the world? In this report Dr Kristian Niemietz compiles OECD, Lancet and Eurocare data on survival rates of cancers, strokes and other measures of the health system of each country. The report shows that the UK falls consistently far below other countries for survival rates and is far from having the best health outcomes in the world. If we had the survival rates of those countries with the best health outcomes, over 46,400 lives a year would be saved.
In a speech on 24 October 2016, Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, UK 2020 Chairman who commissioned the research, said it was time to break with the political consensus that says the NHS is the best health system in the world, and for the Government to conduct an urgent inquiry into what lessons could be learnt from the dozens of countries that out perform the UK.
A summary of the key findings is listed below:
|Comparison between UK and best country for cancer and stroke treatment|
|Condition||UK rank||UK mortality rate*||Best Country Mortality rate||Best Country||Difference in lives lost|
|Lymphoma non Hodgkin||16th**||43.3%||25.9%||Iceland||2,243|
|Comparison between UK and 12th best country for cancer and stroke treatment|
|Condition||UK rank||UK mortality rate*||12th Best Mortality Rate||12th Best Country||Difference in lives lost|
|Lung Cancer||30th||90.4%||85%||Iceland & Australia||2,402|
|Lymphoma non Hodgkin||16th**||43.3%||39.6%||Spain||441|
*Percentage of people who die within five years
**Health outcome data available for England only
***30 day mortality rates