Seattle ranks as the 10th-best hospital city in the nation based on an assessment of overall health care infrastructure, quality of care and access, according to study by digital health-care services provider Medbelle.
The city ranked fourth overall nationally in terms of quality of care and third in an assessment of access to care among the 100 cities analyzed in the Medbelle study. Seattle ranked No. 12 overall in terms of infrastructure, which includes an assessment of top-ranking medical universities and health care providers per capita. The combined score put Seattle at No. 10 in the overall ranking of best hospital cities.
“A city can boast one world-class hospital, but if their overall medical framework does not offer easy access and high-quality care to all its citizens, then there is still room for improvement,” London-based Medbelle states in describing the study. “We decided to create a ranking of the best hospital cities, focusing on the overall hospital ecosystem in the area, rather than individual institutions. The results celebrate those cities offering the best overall medical care, as well as creating a benchmark for the rest of the world to understand how to better develop their medical education, accessibility and infrastructure for a healthier future.”
Ranking first in the study was Boston, with Los Angeles, New York, Baltimore and Chicago, rounding out the top five hospital cities in the United States. Boston ranked second globally in a ranking of 100 cities across the planet. Seattle came in at No. 63 in the overall global ranking but shined as the 13th best city on the planet in the measure of quality of care.
Topping the overall global best-hospital cities’ ranking was Tokyo, followed by London, Paris and Seoul, ranking third through fifth, respectively.
In a telling datapoint about access to care, no U.S. city ranked higher than 80 ― with Seattle at 81 worldwide, trailing only Boston, among the 100 cities making the cut in the overall-score ranking, according to the study. France dominated on that front, with five of its cities holding down the top five spots in the access-to-care assessment, led by Paris.