US has highest dissatisfaction with health care

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 08 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:956
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. Washington, DC

    The United States is the nation most dissatisfied with its healthcare system, while the Dutch are the most satisfied, an international survey has found.

    The study, of 12 000 adults in seven industrialised countries (Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States), was conducted by the US health policy charity the Commonwealth Fund (Health Affairs 2007;26:w717-34 doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.26.6.w717). The results were released last week at a news conference in Washington, DC, that involved a panel of health ministers and other representatives from several of the countries.

    Just 16% of respondents in the US said that minor changes in health care are needed, while 34% said the system needed to be rebuilt completely. Among Dutch respondents 42% …

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