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- Updated: June 17, 2014
The Commonwealth Fund has just published a report that states that the U.S along with France and Canada ranks lowest in their Health Care System. The highest rated for quality; efficiency and equity were Switzerland and U.K.
America invests a substantial amount in health care every year according to surveys conducted. Surveys carried out indicate that U.S spent $8,508 per capita as compared with $3,405 spent in the U.K though the latter ranked highest in the overall health care system. While U.K ranked high in many categories, they were the second worst after U.S when it came to the health of the residents. The healthiest in this category were the French, Swedish and Swiss citizens.
The U.S does not offer health insurance to all and therefore many lower income individuals do not have access to preventive medicine for health care as many other countries. Researchers are not able to confirm if the overall health of the Americans will improve with the Affordable Care Act that has been introduced in the U.S. The report also indicates that the needs of the average citizen are not met when a country is unable to meet the needs of the vulnerable. Though U.S is rated as the sick man of a rich world, it is possible that with the new health reforms and increased spending in the health technology there will be a change for the better in the future.
The survey was carried out on eight countries which include Canada, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden and the Netherlands. The difference between these countries and the U.S is that they have Universal health care while the U.S does not have provision for this.
The U.S should take a leaf out of the books of other countries when learning how to handle their health care system efficiently.