The Euro Health Consumer Index 2008, an annual list prepared by Health Consumer Powerhouse, a Swedish healthcare analyst and information provider, ranks Denmark's healthcare system 2nd out of 31 countries surveyed, writes Newsmarket. The Netherlands took pole position, followed by Denmark and Austria.
In 2007, Denmark was ranked 9th and according to Newsmarket, the leap up the list is especially due to the country's investments and use of IT in the healthcare sector.
Kajsa Wilhelmsson, VP External Affairs of Consumer Health Powerhouse told Newsmarket: "We have recommended that other countries look at the Danish internet portal sundhed.dk (sundhed is the Danish word for health, Ed) because we think it is state of the art."
Bent Hansen, chairman of the board of sundhed.dk comments: "It is a fine position and an acknowledgment of the effort and collaboration taking place in the Danish healthcare system."
The Euro Health Consumer Index is based on six key areas: patient rights and information, e-health, waiting time for treatment, outcomes, range and reach of services provided, and pharmaceuticals. First published in 2005, the EHCI is sourced from public statistics and independent research.