To determine the ranking of the hospital cities, Medbelle analysed the infrastructure, access to and quality of care of hospitals within cities throughout the world. Within these three categories, Medbelle scored cities based on factors such as the quality of medical education; the number of hospital beds; the deficit of nurses; cancer treatment efficiency; the cost of medicine; and the prevalence of mental health specialists. Those with the highest scores equated to having the best overall hospital infrastructure.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the key findings:
In the UK, London is, somewhat unsurprisingly, ranked the best hospital. Followed closely by Cambridge and Manchester, it has the nation’s best medical institutions and universities.
Globally, London ranks third on the top 100 best hospital cities. It is succeeded by Boston in the US, which takes the second-place spot, and which boasts the best performing medical universities of all the cities surveyed. The gold, however, (and rather fittingly perhaps), goes to Tokyo, in Japan. Ranking third in terms of quality of care and scoring 100 per cent in the top-ranking hospitals category, Medbelle names Tokyo as the best hospital city in the world.
Other key findings of the survey reveal that Heidelberg in Germany has the best hospital beds per capita; Basel in Switzerland has the best nurses per capita; Hamburg, the best surgeons per capita; and Richmond in the US, the best mental health specialists per capita.
“There are several existing hospital rankings around, but this is the first-ever comparison of top hospital cities which looks at the bigger picture and answers this very important question: do their medical facilities cater to all of their city’s patients, not just the wealthy or privileged ones?” commented Daniel Kolb, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Medbelle. “We wanted this study to shine a light on the importance of hospital infrastructure, in particular looking at medical education, the deficit of surgeons and nurses, and the overall accessibility of healthcare. Without these building blocks, a city cannot offer its citizens the medical care that they need. Every city featured in this ranking is at the top of their game in terms of hospital infrastructure, and we hope that while congratulating those who are excelling, this study can also offer a springboard for cities to see how they can improve the medical offerings in their own regions.”
See the full results of the study here.