In the health care ranking established by the European Health Consumer Index, Belgium is dropping year after year : it now ranks 12th on 31. Even Estland is doing better. And, believe it or not, the Netherlands rank first and Great Britain ranks 13th. After all the horror stories we heard about health care in those particular countries ?
See : http://www.standaard.be/Artikel/Detail.aspx?artikelId=J422T2BK&word=ehci.
So, maybe the Belgian situation is as good as we like to think ; maybe it is not.
But such a statistical ranking is highly subjective, even if one were to assume that all the questions were relevant, and were asked correctly. Never forget : statistics = GIGO. No, not "gigot", which I like, but "garbage in, garbage out".
I did some research. EHCI is a product of The Health Consumer Powerhouse. This is a private institution; the origin of their funding is unclear, and they are reputed to have a very pro-market attitude. Not exactly a combination that inspires trust in its statistics. See the next post.