- November 25th 2011
The U.S. health care system does a poor job providing efficient access to quality care compared with health systems in six other industrialized countries, according to a recent survey.
The report, released in June by the Commonwealth Fund, said the United States scored low in measures of quality, efficiency, access, equity of care and ability of people to lead healthy and productive lives.
"It's disappointing, but not surprising that despite our significant investment, the U.S. continues to lag behind," Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis, PhD, said in a national teleconference on the report.
The U.S. spends more on health care -- $7,290 per capita in 2007 -- than do any of the other countries studied. By comparison, the Netherlands ranked highest for care and spent $3,837 per capita.
"We simply are not getting commensurate care for the amount we are spending on health care," Davis said.
Also ranked in the annual report were Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand an [Read more]