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BMJ. 2007 October 20; 335(7624): 788.
PMCID: PMC2034738
Bismark v Beveridge

Unfair comparison

Iain S Fraser, general practitioner

The Euro Health Consumer Index 2007 is being cited as evidence that the Bismark system ?delivers better value? than the Beveridge system.1 One might, however, pause to consider World Health Statistics 2007 from the World Health Organization ( as shown in the tabletable.

Public healthcare statistics from the WHO

Surely it is premature to draw conclusions on the merits of one system over another when the playing field is far from level?


Competing interests: None declared.


1. Watson R. UK does well on giving information to patients but poorly on access to new treatments. BMJ 2007;335:686-a (6 October.)

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