Iceland boasts the third best healthcare service in Europe, after The Netherlands and Denmark, according to an evaluation by Health Consumer Powerhouse, the leading European provider of consumer information on healthcare.
The hospital in Fossvogur, Reykjavík.
Health Consumer Powerhouse ranks European healthcare systems annually, reviewing and comparing 38 different items. Iceland was included for the first time this year at the interposition of the Icelandic Directorate of Health, ruv.is reports.
Items in which Iceland scored high include the distribution of information to patients, short waiting lists for cancer treatments, low rate of infant mortality, and strong survival rates both 30 days after a heart attack and five years after the diagnosis of cancer.
The Icelandic healthcare system is also efficient in vaccinating children, the survey concluded.
On the downside, the Icelandic state should participate more in the cost of dental service and mammography, and electronic communications between healthcare workers and the public should be established.
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