Healthcare encompasses not only medical doctors and physicians, but also dentistry, psychology, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, hospitals and more.
The ranking of healthcare systems is primarily influenced by economic and social factors.
Being a first-world country with the 2nd largest economy by GDP, the US’s healthcare system ranks highly for the quality of care available on average. However, an insurance-based healthcare system makes accessing this care difficult for large portions of the population. Also, the network of privately-owned hospitals and the number of contacts involved in requesting, financing and finally accessing treatment can result in mistakes, tantamount to medical malpractice.
In cases of malpractice, litigation against physicians and hospitals in the US is a fairly common endeavor, and as simple as seeking your lawyer to file a civil lawsuit. Unlike other countries, the US does not require the loser of a civil case to pay the legal fees – a fact that is potentially responsible for the high volume of medical malpractice cases filed.
Though suffering the long-term effects of economic downturn and austerity cuts, the NHS still ranks highly amongst global healthcare systems – simply for the availability of quality care to all who need it. Without barriers imposed by expensive insurance systems, treatments for any disease or ailment are free at the point of use to every UK citizen – though private healthcare options do exist for those hoping to avoid the NHS’s long waiting lists for certain surgeries and therapies.
In the unlikely event of medical malpractice or negligence under the NHS, seeking justice and compensation is easier than In countries with insurance-based healthcare systems. With GPs privately insured for claims, engaging no-win-no-fee medical negligence solicitors couldn’t be simpler – and unlike the US, judges are responsible for handing out judgements in malpractice cases, streamlining and further legitimising the process.
In the ‘Mirror, Mirror’ report published by the Commonwealth Fund, Norway topped the list as the highest-quality healthcare system, closely followed by the Netherlands and Australia. The report combined a number of factors to draw this conclusion, the means result of which produced a ranking. Norway tops our list owing not just to quality of care at the point of use, but also its performance in healthcare outcomes. According to the report, Norway boasts the lowest infant mortality rate – translating to the best antenatal care available.
Norway’s healthcare system is governed by the Ministry of Health and Care Services, with four Regional Health Authorities responsible for administrating care for a region each. In any case of medical malpractice, a complaint would be filed to the medical officer in the county where the malpractice occurred, from where the complaint is forwarded to the Norwegian Board of Health Supervision. The recourse for medical malpractice is one of five results, ranging from a warning to restriction and revocation of certain licenses. Meanwhile, victims are free to file a civil case regarding the malpractice, which would initially be overseen by a conciliatory board, before escalation to a city court if unresolved.