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US healthcare continues to lag behind other countries despite double the costs

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6628 (Published 18 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6628
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

The US healthcare system has glaring gaps where it falls far behind other countries in terms of access, quality, efficiency, and health outcomes, according to the International Health Policy Survey.

The 13th annual version of the report by the charity the Commonwealth Fund was released on 18 November in Washington, DC at an international symposium that brings together experts in healthcare to foster cross national research and collaboration. The paper was published in the journal Health Affairs.

Karen Davis, president of the fund, said, “The US spends far more, more than $7500 (£4650; €5470) per capita in 2008, more than twice, on average, what other countries spend that cover everyone.”

The rate of spending increases “are on a continuing upward …

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