United States Healthcare Most Expensive and Lowest Ranking

United States Healthcare Most Expensive and Lowest Ranking

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(Best Syndication News) - According to a report issued by a Commonwealth Fund, the United States is last place when compared to six other industrialized countries for healthcare, we also have the most expensive healthcare costs. The report compared the US against Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom on five criteria: quality, efficiency, access to care, equity and the ability to lead long, healthy, productive lives.

The Commonwealth Fund said that health care could improve for all of the countries in the report, but they point out the the United States is not getting a good value for the amount of money that is spent for health care. The United States spends o$7,290 per capita on health care costs in 2007 compared to $3,837 per capti in healthcare costs in the Netherlands, which was ranked as the best in this report.

The Commonwealth Fund researchers suggest that the low marks on healthcare shows how important it is to get the new health reform law working and the need for stimulus legislation that would add incentives to reward healthcare facilities for offering higher quality and greater value healthcare through preventive care and other health information technologies.

In the report they found that 54 percent of adults in the United States that live with a chronic condition reported problems having a recommended test, treatment or follow-up care because they can't afford it. The Netherlands had only 7 percent of adults with chronic conditions report financial problems paying for medical test, treatments and follow-up care.

You can read the complete report at: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Content/Publications/Fund-Reports/2010/Jun/Mirror-Mirror-Update.aspx

By: Marlene Donor

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Click here for the Health Care Ranking Report Interactive Data from Commonwealth Fund

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Chart Courtesy of Commonwealth Fund Health Care Report
REF: K. Davis, C. Schoen, and K. Stremikis, How the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally 2010 Update, The Commonwealth Fund, June 2010.

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