Commonwealth Fund Reveals Which Countries’ Healthcare is the Best – and Whose Is the Worst

| by Lina Batarags

A recent study of eleven of the world’s wealthiest countries’ healthcare systems named the U.S. as both the most expensive healthcare – and the world’s worst healthcare system.

Britain, on the other hand, was named as having the best healthcare.

The survey relied on data collected from questionnaires from patients and doctors; it also collected evidence from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The Commonwealth Fund report indicated that Britain topped nine out of the 12 categories used in the list. Amongst these categories were effectiveness of care and patient-centered care.

Although this was the first year that Switzerland was included in the report, Swiss healthcare came in a close second place overall; Sweden followed in third place.

This is not the first time U.S. has ranked poorly in the Commonwealth Fund’s report. In fact, American healthcare has come in dead last on four previous occasions: in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010.

The U.S. also differs radically from the other industrialized countries in that it lacks universal health insurance coverage.

The report, entitled “Mirror Mirror on the Wall," makes a point of noting that the data for this year’s survey was collected before Obamacare was introduced into the country.

“Thus, it is not surprising that the U.S. underperforms on measures of access and equity between populations with above-average and below-average incomes,” the report allows.

Here is the full list of the Overall Health Care Ranking:

1. U.K.

2. Switzerland

3. Sweden

4. Australia

5. Germany

6. The Netherlands

7. New Zealand

8. Norway

9. France

10. Canada

11. U.S.

Here is the chart which details the more specific categories:

Sources: International Business Times, The Commonwealth Fund

Photo Sources: The Commonwealth Fund, UN Omaha