According to a Commonwealth Fund report published July 14, the U.S. has one of the worst health care systems in the developed world.
The report ranked the U.S. system last on “performance overall,” and fell toward the bottom on areas like care access, efficiency among administrative branches, health outcomes and equity.
“Based on a broad range of indicators, the U.S. health system is an outlier, spending far more butt falling short of the performance achieved by other high-income countries,” the report’s abstract says. “The results suggest the U.S. health care system should look at other countries’ approaches if it wants to achieve an affordable high-performing health care system that serves all Americans.”
Commonwealth Fund looked at system performance in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the U.S.
The report noted a lower life expectancy for some populations in the U.S. “aggravated by the opioid crisis” and an aging populace.
“Timely and accessible health care could mitigate many of these challenges, but the U.S. health care system falls short, failing to deliver indicated services reliably to all who could benefit,” the report says.