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U.S. Health Care System Is Last Again

Posted by Sara | Opinion | Thursday 19 June 2014 6:14 am
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According to the latest Commonwealth Fund report, health system of the United States has once again occupied the last position when compared to 10 other rich nations.

U.S. Health Care System Is Last Again

It was disclosed by the non-profit group that Americans are less healthy than people in other nations though they spend much more per person on medical care. It was reported by NBC News that the U.S. health care system is less fair and efficient than those in the other 10 countries.

“Among the 11 nations studied in this report — Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States — the U.S. ranks last, as it did in the 2010, 2007, 2006, and 2004 editions,” the Commonwealth Fund said.

“Most troubling, the U.S. fails to achieve better health outcomes than the other countries, and as shown in the earlier editions, the U.S. is last or near last on dimensions of access, efficiency, and equity.”

The paper also said that countries with nationalized health systems outperform the U.S. in all measures, NBC News reported.

“Americans with below-average incomes were much more likely than their counterparts in other countries to report not visiting a physician when sick; not getting a recommended test, treatment, or follow-up care; or not filling a prescription or skipping doses when needed because of costs,” the Commonwealth Fund said.

“The U.S. and U.K. had much higher death rates in 2007 from conditions amenable to medical care than some of the other countries, e.g., rates 25 percent to 50 percent higher than Australia and Sweden. Overall, France, Sweden, and Switzerland rank highest on healthy lives,” the paper said.

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