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The 2007 EuroHealth consumer index, published on 1 October, shows that countries as Austria and Estonia, that have initiated alterations, improved their position in the ranking of the most user-friendly healthcare systems.

The overall ranking was compiled from 27 indicators of the quality of healthcare systems, divided into five categories, including patient rights and information, waiting time for treatment and pharmaceuticals - that is, access to new treatments – and the speed at which new drugs are deployed. Some new indicators were introduced, in particular two in the area of ‘e-Health’: ‘Electronic Patient Record penetration in primary care’ and a ‘Registry of legitimate doctors accessible by the public’. 

In order to improve the European healthcare systems, Health Consumer Powerhouse formulated a couple of recommendations per country, which hopefully will be taken into account by decision-makers.