Best Hospital Cities 2019

Study reveals the top 100 hospital cities worldwide, based on data relating to infrastructure in terms of medical workforce, education, quality of care, satisfaction, treatment efficiency, citizen accessibility, and more

  • London is the best hospital city in the UK, with the nation’s best medical institutions and universities, followed by Cambridge, and Manchester.

  • Through the use of GIS Mapping technology, the study contains a unique dataset which splits NHS trust data on a per city basis.

  • Tokyo, Japan is the best hospital city in the world, with the highest overall Quality of Care score in the index, the highest Top-Ranking Hospitals score, and a very high Access score.

  • London, UK ranks #3 out of 100 worldwide.

London, United Kingdom, October, 2019 – Digital healthcare providers Medbelle have released a study revealing the best hospital cities in the UK and worldwide. As part of the wave of digitised medical solutions, Medbelle has seen firsthand how infrastructure has a huge impact on patient experience. A city can boast one world-class hospital, but if the overall medical framework does not offer easy access and high-quality care to all its citizens, then there is still room for improvement. This is why Medbelle compiled this ranking of the best hospital cities, focusing on the overall hospital ecosystem in the area, rather than individual institutions. The results celebrate those cities offering the best overall medical care, as well as creating a benchmark for the rest of the world to understand how to better develop their medical education, accessibility, and infrastructure for a healthier future.

How the study was conducted:

To begin the study, the cities hosting the best hospitals and medical schools were compiled to create a shortlist of the world’s top hospital cities. Then, the factors which determine the best hospital cities were split into three categories: Infrastructure, Quality of Care, and Access. Within these categories, research was included ranging from the quality of medical education and the number of hospital beds, to the deficit of nurses and the cancer treatment efficiency. Additionally, elements such as the cost of medicine, the prevalence of mental health specialists, number of cosmetic surgeons and more. These data points were then utilised to score each city based on their overall hospital infrastructure, to determine the top 100 hospital cities in the world, and the top 21 hospital cities in the UK.

Please find the complete methodology with a full explanation of each factor and further information on the results page: https://www.medbelle.com/best-hospital-cities-uk

Findings:

The table below reveals a sample of results for the Top 20 Best Hospital Cities in the World:

 

  1. Tokyo, Japan

  2. Boston, USA

  3. London, UK

  4. Paris, France

  5. Seoul, South Korea

  6. Munich, Germany

  7. Melbourne, Australia

  8. Amsterdam, Netherlands

  9. Basel, Switzerland

  10. Berlin, Germany

  1. Sydney, Australia

  2. Stockholm, Sweden

  3. Brisbane, Australia

  4. Hamburg, Germany

  5. Toronto, Canada

  6. Singapore, Singapore

  7. Oslo, Norway

  8. Montreal, Canada

  9. Cambridge, UK

  10. Heidelberg, Germany

London, UK ranks #3 out of 100 worldwide.

N.B. This is a sample of the full results, which you can find here: https://www.medbelle.com/best-hospital-cities-uk

The tables below reveal a sample of results for the top 10 cities with the best Infrastructure and Access:

 

The top 10 cities with the best Infrastructure

  1. Boston, USA

  2. London, UK

  3. Basel, Switzerland

  4. Paris, France

  5. New York, USA

  6. Los Angeles, USA

  7. Tokyo, Japan

  8. Seoul, South Korea

  9. Munich, Germany

  10. Melbourne, Australia

The top 10 cities with the best Access

  1. Paris, France

  2. Gothenburg, Sweden

  3. Amsterdam, Netherlands

  4. Oslo, Norway

  5. Stockholm, Sweden

  6. Toronto, Canada

  7. Brussels, Belgium

  8. Belfast, UK

  9. Madrid, Spain

  10. London, UK

London ranks #2 out of 100 worldwide.

London ranks #63 out of 100 worldwide.

Please note: Data relating to scores within the Access category are city-level where possible, otherwise country-level. For this reason, cities within the same country where only national data level was utilised have been omitted from this table. Examples include France, Canada and Spain, where a city appearing in this top 10 list indicates that the country is in the top 10 overall for Access, i.e. Paris has the highest Access score of 100 and equally so does Lille, Marseille, Nice and Bordeaux. N.B. This is a sample of the full results, which you can find here: https://www.medbelle.com/best-hospital-cities-uk

The tables below reveal a sample of results for the top 10 cities with the best Quality of Care and  Medical Universities:

The top 10 cities with the best

Quality of Care

  1. Tokyo, Japan

  2. Kyoto, Japan

  3. Incheon, South Korea

  4. Osaka, Japan

  5. Oslo, Norway

  6. Baltimore, USA

  7. Busan, South Korea

  8. Daejeon, South Korea

  9. Boston, USA

  10. Fukuoka, Japan

The top 10 cities with the best

Medical Universities

  1. Boston, USA

  2. London, UK

  3. Los Angeles, USA

  4. New York, USA

  5. Oxford, UK

  6. Cambridge, UK

  7. Melbourne, Australia

  8. Seoul, South Korea

  9. Tokyo, Japan

  10. Chicago, USA

London ranks #85 out of 100 worldwide.

London ranks #2 out of 100 worldwide.

N.B. This is a sample of the full results, which you can find here: https://www.medbelle.com/best-hospital-cities-uk

The table below reveals a sample of results for the Top 20 Hospital Cities in the UK:

 

  1. London

  2. Cambridge

  3. Manchester

  4. Oxford

  5. Birmingham

  6. Newcastle Upon Tyne

  7. Leeds

  8. Southampton

  9. Belfast

  10. Sheffield

  1. Nottingham

  2. Exeter

  3. Glasgow

  4. Leicester

  5. Edinburgh

  6. Bristol

  7. Bradford

  8. Coventry

  9. Norwich

  10. Bath

N.B. This is a sample of the full results, which you can find here: https://www.medbelle.com/best-hospital-cities-uk

Results: Highest Scores for Each Factor

Below you will find key findings from the study, according to category and factor. All scores are out of 100, meaning the higher the score, the better the performance of the city in that category. If you wish to see where your city ranks for each of these factors, please refer to the landing page here: https://www.medbelle.com/best-hospital-cities-uk 

 

Infrastructure:

  • Hospital Beds/Capita: Heidelberg, Germany (100.00), followed by Busan, South Korea (98.41) and Fukuoka, Japan (95.18).

  • Nurses/Capita: Basel, Switzerland (100.00), followed by Ann Arbor, USA (67.76), and Heidelberg, Germany (66.94).

  • Surgeons/Capita: Hamburg, Germany (100.00), followed by Basel, Switzerland (96.95) and Vienna, Austria (87.25).

  • Mental Health Specialists/Capita: Richmond, USA (100.00), followed by Canadian cities Calgary (95.96), and Vancouver (95.96).

  • Top-Ranking Medical Universities: Boston, USA (100.00), followed by London, UK (88.10) and Los Angeles, USA (83.77).

  • Top-Ranking Hospitals: Tokyo, Japan (100.00), followed by Singapore, Singapore (98.81) and Boston, USA (97.70).

Quality of Care:

  • Satisfaction: Incheon, South Korea (100.00), followed by Baltimore, USA (93.99) and Busan, South Korea (90.01).

  • Adverse Events: Cities in Switzerland, Norway and Singapore have a joint highest score of 100.00.

  • Cancer Treatment Efficiency: Tokyo, Japan (100.00), followed by Boston, USA (95.75) and Denver, USA (95.17).

Access:

  • Access: Oslo, Norway (100.00), followed by Amsterdam, Netherlands (99.99), and Basel, Switzerland (98.10).

  • Cost of Medicine: Canadian cities (100.00), followed by Krakow, Poland (97.76) and Beijing, China (96.46).

  • Discretionary Healthcare Spending: Beijing, China (100.00), followed by Prague, Czech Republic (97.98) and Krakow, Poland (97.84).

Quotes

“It’s fascinating how GIS Mapping technology has been utilised within this study to allocate UK healthcare data points on a city-by-city basis within an NHS trust for the first time. This kind of dataset provides a unique opportunity to benchmark cities’ hospital infrastructure against each other.” comments Daniel Kolb, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Medbelle. “For instance, the figures reveal that Manchester has the highest number of Mental Health Specialists per capita, while Sheffield has the highest number of Nurses per capita. On the other side of the coin, Oxford has the lowest number of Hospital Beds per capita, and Bedford has the lowest number of Surgeons per capita. Our hope is that this one-of-a-kind dataset can be utilised by the medical world and governmental bodies in the UK to pinpoint crucial areas for improvement.”

“Despite having some of the top ranking hospitals and medical universities in the world, the UK still falls short on quality of care compared to other developed nations. Until quality of care is not raised to the highest standards, the NHS will remain at the top of the agenda in the political discourse,” comments Daniel Kolb, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Medbelle. “Our hope is that this study will highlight how fortunate the British public is to have the National Health Service, while also illustrating the areas where it needs to improve in order to fully offer the standard of care that tax-paying citizens deserve.”

“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?” comments 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.”

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