The World’s Best Hospitals 2021 ranking lists the best hospitals in 25 countries: USA, Germany, Japan, South Korea, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, Brazil, Canada, India, Australia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Thailand, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Israel and Singapore. The countries were mainly selected based on standard of living/life expectancy, population size, number of hospitals and data availability.
- Recommendations from medical experts (doctors, hospitals managers, health care professionals)
- Results from patient surveys
- Medical KPIs on hospitals
Every hospital in each country is rated by a score. Scores are only comparable between hospitals in the same country, because different sources for patient experience and medical KPIs were examined in each country. Since it was not possible to harmonize this data, cross-country comparisons of the scores are not possible (example: A score of 90 in country A doesn’t necessarily mean that this hospital is better than a hospital with a score of 87 in country B).
Specialized hospitals like heart or cancer hospitals differ in their offer from general hospitals, and therefore are displayed in a separate list. This list is sorted alphabetically because Hospitals with different specialties are not comparable.
U.S. hospitals were also awarded as best hospitals for infection prevention if they performed above the national average based on six different infection related measures.
In addition to the country lists, the study includes a Global Top 200 list. This list includes a ranking of the 100 best global hospitals, ranks 101-200 are sorted alphabetically.
For the short version of the methodology please click here.
For the extended version of the methodology please click here.
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