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The NHS fails to rank among the top 20 healthcare providers in the world, new research suggests.
Out of 195 countries, the UK ranks 23rd, three points below it's 20th position in 1990, which puts it on par with South Korea and Greece, a study found today.
Quality - Care - UK - East - England
Quality of care also varies substantially throughout the UK, with the south east of England performing better than the north east, the research, published in The Lancet, adds.
Despite providing optimal care for conditions such as chronic kidney disease and appendicitis, the UK performs worse when treating lower respiratory infections, like pneumonia, the study found.
US - List - Differences - States - Massachusetts
The US, which came 29th on the list, also has considerable differences between states. Massachusetts scores highest with 92.5, which is an 11-point difference from the lowest, Mississippi, at 81.5.
The top countries for healthcare quality and accessibility are Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Finland and Australia.
Study - Author - Dr - Rafael - Lozano
Study author Dr Rafael Lozano, from the University of Washington, said: 'These results emphasise the urgent need to improve both access to and quality of healthcare, otherwise health systems could face widening gaps between the health services they provide and the disease burden in their population.'
How the research was carried out
Researchers - Data - Global - Burden - Diseases
The researchers analysed data from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Study 2016.
They drew up 32 causes of death that should not occur if people have better access to good-quality healthcare.
Fatalities - Conditions - Measles - Cough - Diarrhoea
These include fatalities related to conditions such as measles, whooping cough, diarrhoea, heart disease and...
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