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New Study Finds US Healthcare System Ranks Dead Last Compared to Other Developed Nations

by Tyler Durden

Zero Hedge (July 17 2017)

As Republicans sit on the precipice of fumbling what will likely be their one opportunity to repeal and replace America’s failed Obamacare experiment, a new study just released by The Commonwealth Fund found that the US, despite spending more money per capita than any other country on the planet, has the worst healthcare system in the developed world.

The Commonwealth Fund focused on evaluating five main areas of the healthcare system, including care process, access, administrative efficiency, equity, and health care outcomes and analyzed 72 indicators within those fields. Of the eleven countries included in the study, the US ranked dead last by a fairly staggering margin.

The United States spends far more on health care than other high-income countries, with spending levels that rose continuously over the past three decades (Exhibit 1). Yet the US population has poorer health than other countries.

Timely and accessible health care could mitigate many of these challenges, but the US health care system falls short, failing to deliver indicated services reliably to all who could benefit. In particular, poor access to primary care has contributed to inadequate prevention and management of chronic diseases, delayed diagnoses, incomplete adherence to treatments, wasteful overuse of drugs and technologies, and coordination and safety problems.

Even worse, aside from “care process”, which tracks metrics related to preventative care and consistent engagement with the same family doctor over long periods of time, the US scored last (or thereabouts) in every single category of the study.

Adding insult to injury, these poor results come despite the fact that America spends roughly sixty percent more on healthcare, as a percentage of GDP, than the other countries in the study …

… a metric that will only get worse when the study is updated again in three years as we’ve recently shown that healthcare premiums have surged roughly 100% since 2013 (note that the cost portion of this latest study ended with data collected in 2014).

Can anyone spot the outlier?

But sure, we should probably just leave everything as is … Obamacare seems to be working just fine.



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