U.S. health care system ranks last among rich nations

U.S. Health Care System Ranked Last Again: Report
U.S. Health Care System Ranked Last Again: Report

(HealthDay News) -- The United States' health system once again comes in last when compared to 10 other rich nations, according to the latest Commonwealth Fund report on the issue.

"Among the 11 nations studied in this report -- Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States -- the U.S. ranks last, as it did in the 2010, 2007, 2006, and 2004 editions," according to the authors of the Commonwealth Fund report.

The paper also indicates that countries with nationalized health systems outperform the United States in all measures, NBC News reported. Also noted: the problems with the U.S. health care system affect Americans' longevity.

"The U.S. and U.K. had much higher death rates in 2007 from conditions amenable to medical care than some of the other countries, e.g., rates 25 percent to 50 percent higher than Australia and Sweden. Overall, France, Sweden, and Switzerland rank highest on healthy lives," write the authors of the report.

Health Highlights: June 16, 2014
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