Skip to comments.U.S. healthcare system ranking revealed and compared internationally, it isnít good
Posted on 06/18/2014 10:01:10 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
If you could pick any healthcare system in the world, it probably wouldn’t be the U.S.’s. According to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund, titled “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, 2014 Update: How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally,” the U.S healthcare system is the most costly in the world, but it ranks poorly compared to other countries on most measures of performance.
Among the 11 nations assessed by The Commonwealth Fund — Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the U.S. — the U.S. ranks last, as it did in four previous editions of the report. In this edition of the report, the UK ranks first, followed closely by Switzerland.
Unlike the U.S., five other nations in this report ensure the accessibility of care through universal health systems. Obamacare is increasing the number of Americans with coverage and enhancing access to care, but the data in this report are from years prior to the full implementation of the law.
The report also reveals that the U.S. ranks behind most countries on many measures of health outcomes, quality and efficiency. Other countries have spearheaded the adoption of modern health information systems, but U.S. doctors and hospitals are catching up as they react to major monetary incentives to switch to new health information technology systems.
Although all countries show the need for improvement, the report notes that the other 10 countries spend much less on healthcare per person and as a percent of gross domestic product than does the U.S.
Image credit: The Commonwealth Fund
Disaggregate the results to find that we are merely insufficiently socialist in their opinion.
How many illegal Mexican aliens pour over the border into Switzerland?
The U.S. ranks last of 11 nations overall. Findings in this report confirm many of those in the earlier four editions of Mirror, Mirror, with the U.S. still ranking last on indicators of efficiency, equity, and outcomes. The U.K. continues to demonstrate strong performance and ranked first overall, though lagging notably on health outcomes. Switzerland, which was included for the first time in this edition, ranked second overall. In the subcategories, the U.S. ranks higher on preventive care, and is strong on waiting times for specialist care, but weak on access to needed services and ability to obtain prompt attention from primary care physicians. Any attempt to assess the relative performance of countries has inherent limitations. These rankings summarize evidence on measures of high performance based on national mortality data and the perceptions and experiences of patients and physicians. They do not capture important dimensions of effectiveness or efficiency that might be obtained from medical records or administrative data. Patients’ and physicians’ assessments might be affected by their experiences and expectations, which could differ by country and culture.
Figures never lie, but liars figure.
WOW. You would think there are bodies lining the streets stacked like fire wood. The fact is NO ONE is denied care, unless you are in the VA system.
This study just wants to point out that it’s not “free” here in the USA. And Obamacare does ZERO to fix the health care costs and expand coverage. All it did was expand coverage to expensive useless crony health insurance that is now required by force of law.
This study is the same as Eric Holder investigating the DOJ and concluding, “nothing to see here folks, everything is just great.”
The truth is before the 1970's when the federal government began meddling into healthcare, our healthcare was affordable and the best in the world. It still is the best in the world, but as usual, government interference has created cost problems.
The answer, of course, is to nuke socialism, and let our healthcare (and the rest of our economy) be run by the voluntary the free market economy which will provide competitive prices and quality and maximum supply, easily the best in the world.
Another couple of years with Obamacare, and the US won’t make the chart. Mexico will bump us out.
The UK is rated #1, yet there are stories there every week of patients lying dead on gurneys for days in hospital hallways w/o anyone noticing, patients calling family for food & water, & patients in pain pulling their own teeth for lack of a timely appointment.
I have never heard of such poor treatment in the US.
This report derives from a 2012 WHO report.
In much of Europe, a baby who dies before 3 days after birth is counted as “stillborn”. Think that might affect the numbers?
What is the cost for a hospital stay for a crack-addicted mother who arrives at the emergency room in labor in, say Saudi Arabia versus the US. Because KSAs’ numbers are better than the US for maternal mortality.
A crack-addicted woman arriving at a KSA hospital would undergo the application of either a sword decapitating her or in some cases an AK-47 bullet to the head. That’s free, or maybe 13 cents.
In the US, such a delivery could easily cost $1 million, including post-natal care. Because care cannot be refused.
Dozens and dozens of these types of factors affect the outcomes.
Funny. Canadians with mondy pick the US.
Total BS, Don;t get sick in the UK, or Norway. I experienced both and both are at least 20 years behind in tech. US, 1 day to get an MRI, Canada 21 days, UK months.
Of course the US is going down fast with all the gonvernment interference(example - tax on medical devices). thre is no service the government can provide that is better than the private sector. Reason: Private sector people have a choice. govermnet - no choice.
People who lead government are “Influencers” who get their ego satisfactionout of controlling other people - (Politicians, Lawyers(should be banned from government) Journalists, and many preachers.
The Editor-in-Chief of Sciencerecorder.com is an individual named "Kramer Phillips." Mr. Phillips does not have a Wiki page. I did find this, however:
Kramer Phillips is back ... this time as 'The Petri Dish'
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This thread needs updating.
Kramer Phillips has operated many sites for the purpose of spamming Google News science section, starting with the State Column:
Then the Bunsen Burner:
And The Petri Dish etc etc. These days rather than republishing articles many times on one site, he operates several sites at once to give him more time in the spotlight. At the moment he's using:
And he's brought back the State Column but with a different address statecolumn.com
And no doubt even more sites soon.
Same as before he says he has a large staff of writers, most probably all of them are made up - they are the only journalists ever who have no Twitter accounts or blogs or websites . Every article has a large number of faked Facebook likes as soon as it is published - all the old Kramer tricks. To be fair his stuff is no worse than many of the semi-literate SEO sites you find on GN.
He's calling his two-man-band operation KPR Media these days. 0 0
Obama has a pen and a phone.
Kramer has a computer and fax machine.
The biggest problem with our health care isn’t our healthcare, it’s our diet. Which sucks.
And the purported “healthy” diet that our public health practitioners have been pushing on us for the last forty years. Which is worse.
Damned-near everyone is sick, because there’s no profit in healthy people. And they’re sick from eating processed industrial food-like substances, because there’s no profit in real food.
And the purported healthy diet that our public health practitioners have been pushing on us for the last forty years. Which is worse.
Damned-near everyone is sick, because theres no profit in healthy people. And theyre sick from eating processed industrial food-like substances, because theres no profit in real food.
This is why the U.S. life expectancy was 71.96 years back in 1974 (forty years ago) and is now 78.64 years, right?
i’ve never had mondy... is it treatable?
And ANYONE who thinks that health care is better in the UK hasn’t bothered to read any news from there. Even Canadians come across the border to get care because of their doctor shortages. What a joke piece of ‘research’