Britain’s NHS is Best! US is worst of 11…

Congratulations Britain!  You’re the best…and the second least expensive.

There was a recent study by the Commonwealth Fund which looked at 11 developed western nations: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the US.

They were compared on the following criteria: Quality Care (Effective Care, Safe Care, Coordinated Care, and Patient-Centered Care), Access (Cost-related Problem, Timeliness of Care), Efficiency, Equity, and “Healthy Lives” (meaning: infant mortality, mortality from conditions that could have been survived with more effective treatment and life expectancy at age 60).  They were also compared by the amount spent on health services per capita.

The US was by far the most expensive, and scored terribly overall (last place).

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