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European Union has 'Three-Speed' Healthcare System - Many Countries Lagging in Reform
Date:10/1/2007

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Given the disparate economies within Europe, it is important to consider the 'value for money' that countries deliver. The "Bang for the Buck" index rates the systems on a different scale - in simple terms, what the consumers get for the money spent on healthcare. Here, it could be said that if you do reforms properly, it pays off. This applies to both low and high-income countries!

"Bang for the Buck" - adjusted

rankings

1 Estonia

2 Austria

3 Netherlands

4 Finland

5 France

6 Germany

7 Cyprus

27 Bulgaria

28 Poland

29 Latvia

The 2007 Index delivers statistics that reveal the weak position of the European care consumer:

- Three quarters of the national health systems make many patients wait more than three weeks for a cancer treatment;

- Only one third of the Member States would allow you direct access to a specialist as well as the right to get a second opinion;

- Medical records are accessible for the patient in only half of the Member States.

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