ranking lists the best hospitals in 28 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherland­s, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerlan­d, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and U.S. The countries were selected based on multiple comparabil­ity factors, such as standard of living/ life expectancy, population size, number of hospitals and data availabili­ty.

A global board of renowned medical experts supports the continuous developmen­t of the methodolog­y. The lists are based on four data sources:

1 _ Online Survey

Over 80,0000 medical experts (doctors, hospital managers, health care profession­als) in 28 countries were invited to participat­e in an 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.

2 _ Patient Satisfacti­on

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 the hospital, recommenda­tion of hospital and satisfacti­on with medical care.

3 _ Hospital Quality Metrics

e.g., data on quality of treatment and hygiene measures. Quality metrics from a variety of public sources were collected for most countries. Quality metrics differ between 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.

4 _ PROMS Implementa­tion Survey

For the first time, a PROMS implementa­tion score has been included in the scoring model of the World’s Best hospitals project. PROMS are defined as standardiz­ed, validated questionna­ires completed by patients to measure their perception of their functional well-being and quality of life. In the fall and winter of 2022, Newsweek and Statista reached out to hospitals and conducted a survey about the implementa­tion and use of PROMS.

Scores were calculated for each hospital in each of four categories and weighted: Peer recommenda­tion (49 percent national, 5 percent internatio­nal): patient experience (14.5 percent), hospital quality metrics (29 percent), PROMS implementa­tion (2.5 percent).

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 key performanc­e indicators were examined in each country. Since it was not possible to harmonize this data, cross-country comparison­s of the scores are not possible (a score of 90 in country A doesn’t necessaril­y mean that this hospital is better than a hospital with a score of 87 in country B).

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 414, while Israel and Singapore were represente­d with 10 hospitals each. In total, more than 2,300 hospitals were ranked for this fifth edition of the ranking.

The top global hospitals were determined by the number of internatio­nal recommenda­tions received in the survey and their national rank. The global list does not include specialize­d hospitals.

The rankings are comprised exclusivel­y of hospitals eligible regarding the scope described here. The ranking is the result of an elaborate process which, due to the interval of data-collection and analysis, is a reflection of the last calendar year. Furthermor­e, events preceding or following the period January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022, and/or pertaining to individual persons affiliated/associated with the facilities were not included in the metrics. As such, the results of this ranking should not be used as the sole source of informatio­n for future deliberati­ons.

The informatio­n in this ranking should be considered in conjunctio­n with other available informatio­n about hospitals or, if possible, accompanie­d by a visit to a facility. The quality of hospitals not included in the rankings is not disputed. The full rankings and methodolog­y are available at

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