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The Töölö Hospital. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Finland has the best public health care system in the world, according to a study published in the British medical journal The Lancet.

According to the study,  the Finnish health care, when analyzing its quality and availability, is the best in the world together with Island, Norway, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Australia.

However, the Finnish health care has been improving most in the recent years when compared with other top countries.

Switzerland, Iceland and Finland perform better than others for example in quality and equity but in Finland the health care costs from the public funds 3.300 dollars a year, which is about 10 percent less than in Iceland and 40 percent less than in Switzerland.

“We have now achieved the world’s best and most efficient health care system in the world, which is something that no nation has ever achieved,” said Aki Lindén, CEO of The Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa HUS, in a bulletin. “No other country has been able to achieve such coverage, efficiency, equity and quality with such low costs,” Lindén said.

The extensive study was conducted by the Global Burden of Disease Group and consisted of 200 countries.

Tony Öhberg