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US Ranks Last In Recent Health Care Study

| by Alex Scarr

A recent study showed the U.S. to be far behind several other developed countries across every health care platform, ranking last among 10 other national health care systems.

Researchers from The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that works to promote a high-performing health care system for the U.S., found the U.S. was worst among the 11 developed nations based on a combination of health care access, affordability and dozens of other factors.

"The United States ranks last in health care system performance among the 11 countries included in this study. The U.S. ranks last in Access, Equity, and Health Care Outcomes, and next to last in Administrative Efficiency, as reported by patients and providers," reads the study from The Commonwealth Fund. Also near the bottom was France, in 10th place, and Canada in ninth.

Ranking highest were the United Kingdom and Australia, with the U.K. taking highest honors for best national health care system with its publicly funded access to care.

Of the 11 countries studied, eight of those performed higher than the average for the group. Dragging down the median score were Canada, France and the U.S., all of which fell far below average.

"The U.S. has the highest rate of mortality amenable to health care and has experienced the smallest reduction in that measure during the past decade," reads the study. It also noted the U.S. spends nearly twice as much on health care than several other countries, but performance remains poor.

Dr. Lesley Russell, a health policy analyst at the University of Sydney said that even though Australians are dealing with rising costs, the country remains far ahead of the U.S. and condemned the latest proposed health care plan from Senate members of the Republicans Party, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

"It's very clear that Obamacare has made a substantial difference to the number of people who have health insurance and to the quality of care," Russell said. "What the Senate Republican proposals will do is take health insurance away from 23 million people who currently have it, and will leave the 28 million Americans who were not reached by Obamacare without coverage."

Russell also noted that the U.S. could take tips from the U.K., Australia and the Netherlands as it works to improve its health care system.

In the Netherlands, health care is considered a social service and is mandated for all citizens, according to The Atlantic. Less than 1 percent of the population in the Netherlands is without health insurance.

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