The Danish healthcare system has become even better

October 25, 2019
According to a report by the Danish Ministry of Health, Danish Regions, and Local Government Denmark, the Danish healthcare system has improved on 16 out of 35 measurement points since last year.

This years’s status report on national goals for the healthcare system, in Danish called “Nationale mål for sundhedsvæsenet 2019”, shows that excess mortality among people with mental health disorders is decreasing, and more Danes than ever survive cancer and heart disease.

There are eight goals in the annual national status evaluation of the Danish healthcare system. These goals were agreed upon by the Danish Ministry of Health, Danish Regions, and Local Government Denmark in Spring 2016.

The eight goals are:

  1. Better coherence in patient care
  2. Strengthened efforts for chronic and elderly patients
  3. Improved survival and patient safety
  4. High quality treatment
  5. Fast diagnosis and treatment
  6. Increased patient involvement
  7. More healthy life years
  8. A more effective healthcare system

These goals are followed by 38 measurement points. The new status report shows a positive progress on 16 of these points since last year. 14 of the points are unchanged, 5 of them have declined, and 3 of the points are unmeasurable compared to last year.

 According to the Danish Minister of Health, the healthcare system makes progress in the right direction, when talking about excess mortality among people with mental health disorders, antibiotic consumption, and cardiovascular diseases. Unfortunately, it is not all patients that benefit from the progress and therefore inequality measurement is a high priority for making the healthcare system even more fair and equal for all, regardless of income and education level.

Read the full report here (in Danish)