How good is the NHS?

The Nuffield Trust, June 2018

Nuffield Trust Report comparing the NHS to health systems in 18 similar developed countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the USA. It looks at three aspects of what we might mean by a good health care system:

  • the speed and accessibility of care,
  • the efficiency of the system, and
  • the outcomes delivered for patients.

It also sets the scene by looking at what the health service has to work with, so that we can consider whether it is doing a good job given the circumstances.  The report finds that the NHS performs neither as well as its supporters sometimes claim nor as badly as its critics often allege. Compared with health systems in similar countries, it has some significant strengths but also some notable weaknesses.

Click here to view the full report.