World’s Best Hospitals 2020 - Newsweek & Statista

Behind the Award

Newsweek Media Group and Statista Inc. identified the World’s Best Hospitals 2020! Now in its second year, the World’s Best Hospitals ranking identifies and honors the very best hospitals around the globe. We developed a complex methodology to ensure the quality and validity of the ranking. The World’s Best Hospitals 2020 recognizes the best medical institutions across 21 countries: USA, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Switzerland, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Israel, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Thailand, Italy, Brazil, India, Spain and the Netherlands.

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The title “World’s Best Hospitals 2020” serves to reinforce your reputation as a hospital that is respected among your peers and valued by its patients. You can externally promote your achievement to make your hospital even more attractive as a medical institution or as an employer. Possible channels*:

  • On your hospital website
  • In advertising materials
  • In presentations about your hospital
  • On official documents
  • E-mail signatures
  • Business papers
  • In social media
  • Magazine print advertising
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The World’s Best Hospitals 2020 ranking lists the best hospitals in 21 countries: USA, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Israel, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, India, Thailand, Australia and Brazil. 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)
  • Results from patient surveys
  • Medical KPIs on hospitals

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 300, while Israel, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Singapore were represented with 10 hospitals each.

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 specialized hospitals are not comparable.

In the USA, hospitals which made the World’s Best Hospitals ranking were also recognized with a Best in State award in their respective state (does not apply to specialized hospitals). This distinction reflects the fact that these hospitals represent the best hospitals in the respective US state.

In addition to the country lists, the study includes a Global Top 100 list. This list includes a ranking of the 50 best global hospitals, ranks 51 100 are sorted alphabetically.

For the short version of the methodology please click here.

For the extended version of the methodology please click here.


(1)Exceptions: United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland: at least 80 inpatient beds

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