U.S. Ranks Poorly on Many Measures in Cross-National Patient Surveys
Posted Nov 18 2008 12:17am
U.S. Ranks Poorly on Many Measures in Cross-National Patient Surveys: "U.S. health care leaders often say that American health care is the best in the world. However, recent studies of medical outcomes and mortality and morbidity statistics suggest that, despite spending more per capita on health care and devoting to it a greater percentage of its national income than any other country, the United States is not getting commensurate value for its money. The Commonwealth Fund's cross-national surveys of patients' views and experiences of their health care systems offer opportunities to assess U.S. performance relative to other countries through the patients' perspective—a dimension often missing from international comparisons." Patients seem to be getting poor value for their money - in the bastion of capitalism ! Pretty ironic, isn't it ?