UK Scores High in Healthcare Service Survey

9 November 2009 (Last Updated November 9th, 2009 18:30)

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) has been ranked as one of the best primary healthcare systems in the world, according to a new survey. The US thinktank Commonwealth Fund surveyed 10,000 primary care physicians in 11 developed countries for their views on the nation's health system

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) has been ranked as one of the best primary healthcare systems in the world, according to a new survey.

The US thinktank Commonwealth Fund surveyed 10,000 primary care physicians in 11 developed countries for their views on the nation's health systems.

The NHS was rated top in many key areas, including being the only system where most of the doctors feel the quality of healthcare is improving and is the least likely to have long waiting times for specialist care.

The UK also came top in management of chronic conditions with specialist teams and use of financial incentives to reward doctors for good patient experience.

The other ten countries surveyed included Australia, the US and Germany.