I have been away on holiday which is why I have been late in highlighting this article.

It features a report from the Health Consumer PowerHouse, an excellent group run by Johan Hjertqvist.

Johan and his team do a fantasitc job in comparing European health systems.  They are the leading organisation providing consumer information on health care, aiming to turn european patients in to powerful consumers of healthcare services.

As you can see from the article, the NHS was placed 17th out of 29 countries, lagging behind not only it’s northern european neighbours but also some former soviet block countries.  Not bad I supposed if you remember that William Beveridge, the architect of the NHS,  claimed that he would take us “…half way to Moscow…” !