Newsweek released the fourth annual World’s Best Hospitals 2022 list. To compile this list, Newsweek partnered with Statista Inc, a global data research firm, to provide a data-based comparison of hospital reputation and performance across countries. In total, more than 2,200 hospitals were ranked for this fourth edition of the ranking.
The World’s Best Hospitals 2022 ranking lists the best hospitals in 27 countries: U.S.,- Germany, Japan, South Korea, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, Brazil, Canada, India, Australia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Austria, Thailand, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Israel, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Colombia.The countries were selected based on multiple comparability factors, such as standard of living/life expectancy,population size, number of hospitals and data availability.
The lists are based on three data sources:
- Over 80,0000 medical experts (doctors, hospitals managers, health care professionals) in 27 countries were invited to participate in the online survey. Participants were asked to recommend hospitals in their own country as well as in other countries. Recommendations for own employer/ hospital were not allowed.
- Results from patient experience surveys. Publicly available data from existing patient surveys was used to analyze patient experience.Patient surveys are typically conducted by insurance companies among patients after hospitalization. Examples of survey topics include: general satisfaction with hospital, recommendation of hospital and satisfaction with medical care.
- Medical key performance indicators (KPIs) on hospitals e.g., data on quality of treatment and hygiene measures. KPIs from a variety of public sources were collected for most countries. KPIs differ between the countries. Examples of included data are data on quality of care for specific treatments, data on hygiene measures and patient safety and data on number of patients per doctors and per nurse.
Scores were calculated for each hospital in each of the three categories and weighted: Peer recommendation (50% national, 5% international), patient experience (15%), medical KPIs (30%).
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.
This year’s rankings represent an expanded universe, with three new countries on the list—Colombia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates—bringing the total to over 2,200 hospitals in 27 countries. And the results show a remarkable cross-section of excellence across the world: Twenty one countries are represented in the global top 150. The U.S. leads with 33 hospitals, followed by Germany with 14; Italy and France with 10 each; and South Korea with eight. Overall, there were 13 new hospitals in this year’s top 100. Among the biggest movers from last year’s rankings were No. 14 Universitätsspital Basel, up from 35 last year; No. 28 Northwestern Memorial Hospital (58 in 2021); No. 43 Seoul’s Samsung Medical Center (73) and No. 59 New York’s NYU Langone Hospitals (86).
The number of hospitals awarded in each country varies based on the number of hospitals and data availability in the respective country. The U.S. had the most hospitals awarded with 420, while Israel and Singapore were represented with 10 hospitals each.
The online edition of this study includes a Global Top 250 list. The list includes a ranking of the 150 best global hospitals, ranks 151–250 are sorted alphabetically. The top 150 were determined by the number of international recommendations received and their national rank. Ranks 151 through 250 consist of the next best hospitals in each country. The global list does not include specialized hospitals.