The World’s Best Hospitals 2019 ranking lists the best hospitals in 11 countries: USA, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Australia and Israel. The countries were mainly selected based on standard of living/life expectancy, population size, number of hospitals and data availability.
The lists are based on three data sources:
- Recommendations from medical experts (doctors, hospitals managers, health care professionals)
- Results from patient surveys
- Medical KPIs on hospitals
Granularity level: included are single branches of hospitals (e. g. Mayo Clinic Rochester), no hospital groups.
Hospitals had to have a capacity of at least 100 inpatient beds(1) to be considered.
The amount of hospitals awarded in each country varies based on the number of hospitals and data availability in the respective country. USA had the most hospitals awarded with 250, while Israel and Singapore were represented with 10 hospitals each.
Every hospital in the country lists 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 the data of these sources, cross-country comparisons of the scores is not possible (Example: A score of 90 in one country doesn’t necessary mean that this hospital is better than a hospital with a score of 87 in another country).
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 it is also not possible to compare them with each other.
In addition to the 11 country lists, the study includes a Global Top 100 list. This list ranks the top 10 hospitals and the other 90 hospitals are sorted alphabetically.
For further information on the methodology please click here.
(1)Exceptions: Switzerland and Canada: at least 80 inpatient beds; 2 United Kingdom: 75 inpatient beds
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