The UK has scored 16th in a report assessing the quality of healthcare across 35 European countries.
The report – which looked at 46 indicators, including infant mortality, suicide rates and time waiting for treatment – ranked the UK below Czech Republic and Estonia, which scored 14th and 15th, respectively.
The worst healthcare in Europe was awarded to Albania, with 544 points. The authors described the country as having ‘very limited healthcare resources’.
But the report acknowledged healthcare is easy to access in the Balkans region, with waiting times being acceptable.
Its ministry said: ‘Albanians are a hardy lot, who only go to the doctor when carried there.’
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