Health Consumer Powerhouse

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Health Consumer Powerhouse is a Swedish health policy think tank which specialises in comparing healthcare systems throughout Europe. It produces the Euro health consumer index and other indexes comparing healthcare.

It was created in 2004 by Johan Hjertqvist, a Swedish entrepreneur, author and former local politician. It has offices in Stockholm, Sweden.[1] Dr Arne A Björnberg is the President of the company. he was formerly Chief Executive of the Swedish National Pharmacy Corporation.

The Euro Health Consumer Index is a comparison of European health care systems based on waiting times, results, and generosity. The information is presented as a graphic index. Part of the motivation of the HCP in 2004 was to stimulate the European Union to take action on transparency and quality measures.[2] The 2014 ranking included 37 countries measured by 48 indicators.[3] The Euro Health Consumer Index measurements started in 2005. During 2013 the European Commission assessed available systems for healthcare comparison including WHO, OECD, European Observatory and so forth and concluded that this is the most reliable. [4]

Scoring is partly based on the responses from patient organisations to a questionnaire, particularly when their responses indicate a radically different situation from that officially reported.. 976 responses were used in the 2015 exercise.

Euro Health Consumer Index 2014.[5]
Country Overall ranking Patient rights and
information ranking
Accessibility
(waiting times for
treatment) ranking
Outcomes
ranking
Range and reach of
services provided
Prevention Pharmaceuticals
 Netherlands 1 1 7 1 1 13 1
  Switzerland 2 12 1 3 14 6 9
 Norway 3 22 22 1 3 1 7
 Finland 4 6 10 6 4 6 1
 Denmark 5 2 4 9 6 13 9
 Belgium 6 22 1 9 4 19 9
 Iceland 7 4 14 3 9 1 21
 Luxemburg 8 17 7 6 6 5 16
 Germany 9 10 7 3 21 6 1
 Austria 10 9 4 16 11 19 9
 France 11 12 10 9 14 13 13
 Sweden 12 12 35 6 1 1 7
 Portugal 13 6 14 14 21 19 19
 England 14 8 30 16 6 6 1
 Czech Republic 15 22 10 16 11 26 13
 Scotland 16 17 25 16 9 13 1
 Macedonia 17 4 3 33 21 6 21
 Estonia 18 10 19 16 11 36 21
 Spain 19 24 30 14 14 1 16
 Slovenia 20 24 27 9 18 13 16
 Slovakia 21 15 10 25 24 19 13
 Italy 22 19 22 22 24 6 21
 Ireland 23 30 35 9 19 13 1
 Croatia 24 19 14 23 19 34 21
 Cyprus 25 30 19 16 30 26 19
 Hungary 26 24 14 30 24 19 21
 Latvia 27 15 19 26 28 26 28
 Malta 28 29 25 30 14 6 33
 Greece 29 36 22 23 31 19 21
 Bulgaria 30 34 14 26 35 26 28
 Albania 31 28 4 33 37 32 36
 Poland 32 24 30 33 24 26 28
 Lithuania 33 19 30 26 28 37 28
 Serbia 34 30 27 36 31 25 33
 Montenegro 35 35 27 26 35 32 36
 Romania 36 30 30 36 34 26 28
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 37 37 37 30 31 34 33

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