Survey Says: U.S. Last in Healthcare… Again

June 18, 2014

The United States is known for many things, and not all of them are exactly stellar.

One such area of improvement is the general health and healthcare system. Rather than saying area of improvement, it should actually be lack thereof.

The U.S. healthcare system has ranked last yet again on the annual report published by the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund.

The report compares the healthcare systems in 11 different nations and ranks them.

“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,” the report reads.

The report ranks America last in terms of access, efficiency and equity. It was reported that Americans spend more money on health individually than any other nation. The truth is that many people of below average income in the U.S. report not going to physicians when sick, or skipping doses and refills on prescriptions to avoid the cost, while insurance costs and medical bills make all but the most affluent avoid a doctor.

The most common thing among the healthier countries was a state-run healthcare plan. The Affordable Care Act of 2010, more commonly known as Obamacare, is aimed at making health insurance more available. However, since its enactment in 2010 (the last time the U.S. ranked last) and its progress through 2014 (ranked last, again) Obamacare has seen its share of hurdles.

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