UK has worse healthcare service than many Western countries but spends similarly

Mail Online | 6/26/2018 | Sophie Borland Health Editor For The Daily Mail
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The UK offers a worse healthcare service than many other Western countries despite spending a similar amount of money, a major analysis has found.

British patients are significantly more likely to die following a heart attack, stroke, cancer diagnosis and other long-term illnesses.

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The UK also has fewer doctors, nurses, scanners and hospital beds than the majority of the 18 other most-developed nations.

It is also third worst at stopping heart and cancer deaths.

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Yet our spend on healthcare is close to the average, despite previous concerns that we invest significantly less than other countries.

In 2016, the UK invested £3,158 per head, only marginally lower than the average of £3,535 per head across all countries.

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Greece, which spends only £1,675 per person on health, has twice as many doctors per 1,000 people as Britain.

The analysis was carried out by four leading think-tanks: the Nuffield Trust, King’s Fund, Health Foundation and Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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They compared existing data on health performance for the UK and 18 other countries including Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada and the US.

The UK was found to have the second lowest number of doctors per person of all the nations with just 2.8 doctors per 1,000 people.

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By comparison there were 6.3 per 1,000 in Greece, 5.2 in Austria and 4.2 in Sweden.

The UK was also found to have the lowest number of MRI scanners per population. These are crucial for diagnosing...
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