f all the industries on the threshold of transformation, none is more politically contentious, tightly regulated, scientifically significant or economically important than health care. Hospitals around the globe will drive—and be shaped by—much of this disruption.
Newsweek has spent the better part of nine decades covering every aspect of health care, and we are committed to helping our readers make sense of the changes sweeping this industry. As part of that commitment, we partnered with Statista Inc., a global market research and consumer data company, to develop a groundbreaking ranking of the world’s best hospitals.
The hospitals on this list are at the forefront of adapting to these new challenges while providing top-notch patient care. They range from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, with its peerless educational arm; to Singapore General Hospital, which pursues clinical research and offers outstanding nursing; to the Charité hospital in Berlin, which employs more than half of Germany’s Nobel Prize winners in physiology or medicine.
How far would you go to get the best care for yourself or your family? This guide helps Newsweek readers discover the leading hospitals—close to home and around the world—that are shaping the future of medicine.
The hospitals on our list are all world leaders in health care, but these are the very best—the top 10, according to Newsweek and Statista’s panel of doctors, medical professionals and administrators across four continents. A list of the top 1,000 hospitals worldwide is available online.
1. The Mayo Clinic
The Rochester, Minnesota–based Mayo Clinic has provided patients with comprehensive medical care for over 150 years. Now with centers in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, as well as over 19 hospitals in five states, its health system serves more than 1.3 million people annually.
But it’s the nonprofit’s peerless educational arm, including the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and 57 research centers, that sets it apart, providing vital innovation for the entire medical community (more than 7,200 peer-reviewed publications to date). That, along with superb patient support, earns the Mayo Clinic Newsweek’s top spot for 2018–19