United States’ Health System Ranks Last for 5th Time In Developed World

(Photo: M. Spencer Green, AP)
(Photo: M. Spencer Green, AP)

The United States’ health system once again comes in last when compared to 10 other rich nations, according to the latest Commonwealth Fund report on the issue.

The nonprofit group said that while Americans spend much more per person on medical care, they are less healthy than people in the other nations. In addition, the U.S. health care system is less fair and efficient than those in the other 10 countries, NBC News reported.

“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.

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SOURCE: WebMD News from HealthDay

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