Iceland dropped four places in an annual comparison of European healthcare systems conducted by Swedish think tank Health Consumer Powerhouse, RÚV reports. Last year, Iceland was ranked fifth, while this year, it ranks ninth.
The study determines its rankings based on the evaluation of 46 indicators, which are “grouped in areas such as Patient Rights and Information, Access to Care, Treatment Outcomes, Range and Reach of Services, Prevention and use of Pharmaceuticals.” The Netherlands came in first place. The remaining top ten countries were: Switzerland (2), Denmark (3), Norway (4), Luxembourg (5), Finland (6), Germany (7), Belgium (8), Iceland (9), and France (10).
Although Iceland did fall in the rankings, it was singled out as providing good “Bang-for-the-Buck,” with the report noting that “The value for money perspective shows that the overall winner, The Netherlands, can combine top performance with good value for money, together with Iceland and Finland.”
See the full report summary (in English) here.