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The U.S. Ranks Low in Overall Healthcare Quality

Posted Jun 24 2010 12:00am

If you worry about what healthcare will be like when you get older, read on. A new report is out that shows Americans spend twice as much as residents of other developed countries on healthcare, but get lower quality. In 2007, health spending was $7,290 per person in the United States, more than double that of any other country in the survey. Australians spent $3,357, Canadians $3,895, Germans $3,588, the Netherlands $3,837 and Britons spent $2,992 per capita on health in 2007. New Zealand spent the least at $2,454. The quality of care as measured on general quality, efficiency, access to care, equity and the ability to lead long, healthy, productive lives. Britain ranks first in quality while the Netherlands ranked first overall on all scores. U.S. patients with chronic conditions were the most likely to say they had gotten the wrong drug or had to wait to learn of abnormal test results.

The reports that show Europeans and Australians in general are healthier than Americans but many blame the U.S. lifestyle as a big factor for poor health. Americans have higher rates of obesity than other developed countries. Also every other system covers all its citizens, the report noted and said the U.S. system, which leaves 46 million Americans or 15 percent of the population without health insurance, is the most unfair. Based on these results, it is imperative that we as individuals do the best we can to keep our weight in check and our health a top priority.

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