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Top hospitals in the world and attractive destinations for medical tourism

The quality of treatment largely depends on the chosen country and the specific clinic. See where the best hospitals are, where to go for treatment and which countries are considered the healthiest in the world.

Best hospital in the world: where is it?

The World’s Best Hospitals 2022 is a ranking presented by Newsweek magazine in collaboration with Statista, an analytical company. They analysed data on 2,200 clinics in 27 countries worldwide and considered the opinions of 80,000 experts, patient feedback, and key medical performance indicators of hospitals.

Most of the top 100 clinics are in the USA: 33 American hospitals are on the list of the best. Next is Germany, with 14 clinics. Also, the top 100 includes 20 clinics from Italy and France.

Top 10 hospitals in the world in 2022, according to Newsweek:

Mayo Clinic — Rochester, USA

Cleveland Clinic — Cleveland, USA

Massachusetts General Hospital — Boston, USA

Toronto General, University Health Network — Toronto, Canada

Charité — Berlin, Germany

The Johns Hopkins Hospital — Baltimore, USA

AP-HP, Hôpital Universitaire Pitié Salpêtrière — Paris, France

Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset — Solna, Sweden

UCLA Health, Ronald Reagan Medical Center — Los Angeles, USA

Sheba Medical Center — Ramat Gan, Israel

There are also clinics of the UK, Spain, Finland, Norway, Australia, South Korea, Japan, and Brazil in the top 100. 

In addition to the overall ranking, Newsweek and Statista have released the World’s Best Specialised Hospitals 2023 and the World’s Best Smart Hospitals 2023. US clinics were recognised as the best. The ranking compilers noted the clinics’ success in various fields of medicine and the application of modern methods, including artificial intelligence and robotics.

Popular destinations for medical tourism

In July 2020, the Medical Tourism Association released the Medical Tourism Index 2020—2021. It reflects the preferences of US citizens. 46 destinations were evaluated by the quality of treatment, the level of medical tourism development, and other parameters.

Canada ranked first, Singapore came second, and Japan took the third place. The top 10 includes Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Spain, the UK, and Israel.

Countries with the best healthcare systems

Every year, Numbeo presents a ranking of countries in terms of healthcare. It considers the opinion of the website users about the quality of medical services in their countries. The top ranking includes Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, France, Denmark, and other states.

The population’s level of health can indicate the quality of medical care. In 2019, Bloomberg published the countries’ ranking in population health — the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index. Spain took the first place. The top 10 included Italy, Iceland, Japan, Australia, Norway, Singapore, and Israel.

Highlights of the top hospitals in the world and the best countries for medical tourism

  1. US hospitals, such as the famed Mayo Clinic in Rochester, topped Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals 2022. The top 100 also includes clinics in Germany, Italy, France, and other countries.
  2. Americans consider the UAE, Spain, Canada, Singapore, Japan, the UK, and Israel popular medical tourism destinations.
  3. Taiwan leads the ranking of countries with the best healthcare systems. The top 10 includes Denmark, France and other countries where you can be treated with second citizenship or residency obtained by investment.

Frequently asked questions

What is the #1 hospital in the world?

According to Newsweek, the best hospital in the world is Mayo Clinic in Rochester, USA. It’s also acknowledged as the world’s best smart hospital, and its oncology department is in the top 5 of specialized hospitals.

What country has the best hospitals in the world?

According to Newsweek, it’s the USA: 33 American hospitals are in the 100 world’s best clinics, which is the best result among countries in the ranking. 

According to the Medical Tourism Association, Canada, Singapore, Japan, the UAE, Spain, the UK, and Israel are popular destinations for treatment among US citizens. Still, it’s safe to say they are in demand overall.

Numbeo named Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, France, and Denmark as the top five countries in terms of healthcare systems.

What is the number 1 hospital in the world in 2022?

According to Newsweek, it is Mayo Clinic in Rochester, USA. MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, USA, is the world’s best specialised hospital.

What is the best hospital in Europe?

According to Newsweek’s ranking, it’s Charité in Berlin, Germany. The world’s best smart hospital is Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset in Solna, Sweden, which uses artificial intelligence. The best European clinic for treating cancer is Institut Gustave Roussy in Villejuif, France.

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