US Healthcare Quality and Efficiency Stinks Compared to Other Developed Nations

study: health care in the US ranks last among developed countries
When it comes to the quality and efficiency of the health care system in developed nations, the US ranks dead last according to the annual Commonwealth Fund Mirror Mirror on the Wall survey (PDF). The report looks at how the US healthcare system compares to other developed nations around the world. In 2014, the US ranked 11th out of the 11 nations surveyed which included the following countries:

  • 1. United Kingdom
  • 2. Switzerland
  • 3. Sweden
  • 4. Australia
  • 5. Germany
  • 5. Netherlands
  • 7. New Zealand
  • 7. Norway
  • 9. France
  • 10. Canada
  • 11. United States

The last place ranking can’t be pinned on the Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as Obamacare), but it can be seen as an overall healthcare

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3 Responses to US Healthcare Quality and Efficiency Stinks Compared to Other Developed Nations

  1. Chris says:

    ” All 10 nations were able to spend less per person on average than is spent in the US, but still outrank the US in quality and efficiency.”

    Yea, yea, but were any of these other countries able to produce as many billionaires in the healthcare industry as the US? I think NOT!

    /end obvious sarcasm.

  2. Archer Crosley says:

    I think this article is ludicrous. If healthcare is so bad here, then why do people from all over the world come to our facilities? This article seems to have a political purpose to it, to support Obamacare which will ultimately bring VA medicine to all.

  3. Chris says:

    “I think this article is ludicrous. If healthcare is so bad here, then why do people from all over the world come to our facilities?”

    Because there are many countries in the world who have worse health care systems/availability. That doesn’t mean we have the most superior system, just superior to those places. It can both be true that people could come to the US for better health care, and other countries have better systems than our own.

    If you have examples of significant numbers of people from countries above the US on that list coming to the US for care, please share them. If the people flocking to the US for care are from 3rd world countries, well, that’s not saying too much.

    My father has lived in Thailand 1/2 of the year since he retired 7 years ago, and his experience has been that he gets better care, quicker and far less expensively in Thailand than he does in the US.

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