By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 17:42, 27 October 2019
Digital healthcare providers Medbelle have released a study revealing the best hospital cities in the UK and worldwide.
As part of the wave of digitised medical solutions, Medbelle has seen firsthand how infrastructure has a huge impact on patient experience. A city can boast one world-class hospital, but if the overall medical framework does not offer easy access and high-quality care to all its citizens, then there is still room for improvement.
This is why Medbelle compiled this ranking of the best hospital cities, focusing on the overall hospital ecosystem in the area, rather than individual institutions. The results celebrate those cities offering the best overall medical care, as well as creating a benchmark for the rest of the world to understand how to better develop their medical education, accessibility, and infrastructure for a healthier future.
How the study was conducted:
To begin the study, the cities hosting the best hospitals and medical schools were compiled to create a shortlist of the world’s top hospital cities. Then, the factors which determine the best hospital cities were split into three categories: Infrastructure, Quality of Care, and Access. Within these categories, research was included ranging from the quality of medical education and the number of hospital beds, to the deficit of nurses and the cancer treatment efficiency. Additionally, elements such as the cost of medicine, the prevalence of mental health specialists, number of cosmetic surgeons and more. These data points were then utilised to score each city based on their overall hospital infrastructure, to determine the top 100 hospital cities in the world, and the top 21 hospital cities in the UK.
The table below reveals a sample of results for the Top 20 Best Hospital Cities in the World:
The tables below reveal a sample of results for the top 10 cities with the best Infrastructure and Access:
The tables below reveal a sample of results for the top 10 cities with the best Quality of Care and Medical Universities:
The table below reveals a sample of results for the Top 20 Hospital Cities in the UK:
Results: Highest Scores for Each Factor
Hospital Beds/Capita: Heidelberg, Germany (100.00), followed by Busan, South Korea (98.41) and Fukuoka, Japan (95.18).
Nurses/Capita: Basel, Switzerland (100.00), followed by Ann Arbor, USA (67.76), and Heidelberg, Germany (66.94).
Surgeons/Capita: Hamburg, Germany (100.00), followed by Basel, Switzerland (96.95) and Vienna, Austria (87.25).
Mental Health Specialists/Capita: Richmond, USA (100.00), followed by Canadian cities Calgary (95.96), and Vancouver (95.96).
Top-Ranking Medical Universities: Boston, USA (100.00), followed by London, UK (88.10) and Los Angeles, USA (83.77).
Top-Ranking Hospitals: Tokyo, Japan (100.00), followed by Singapore, Singapore (98.81) and Boston, USA (97.70).
Quality of Care:
Satisfaction: Incheon, South Korea (100.00), followed by Baltimore, USA (93.99) and Busan, South Korea (90.01).
Adverse Events: Cities in Switzerland, Norway and Singapore have a joint highest score of 100.00.
Cancer Treatment Efficiency: Tokyo, Japan (100.00), followed by Boston, USA (95.75) and Denver, USA (95.17).
Access: Oslo, Norway (100.00), followed by Amsterdam, Netherlands (99.99), and Basel, Switzerland (98.10).
Cost of Medicine: Canadian cities (100.00), followed by Krakow, Poland (97.76) and Beijing, China (96.46).
Discretionary Healthcare Spending: Beijing, China (100.00), followed by Prague, Czech Republic (97.98) and Krakow, Poland (97.84).
Find the complete methodology with a full explanation of each factor and further information on here: https://www.medbelle.com/best-hospital-cities-uk