Using a range of criteria to evaluate the healthcare systems of 11 countries—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and U.S.—the Commonwealth Fund’s latest analysis (pdf) shows that the U.S. once again “ranks last on access to care, administrative efficiency, equity, and healthcare outcomes.”
The lone bright spot for the for-profit U.S. healthcare system, according to the new report, is in a category dubbed “care process,” which includes “measures of preventive care, safe care, coordinated care, and engagement and patient preferences.”
“There’s no question: our cruel, for-profit healthcare system is broken,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and lead House sponsor of the Medicare for All Act of 2021, said in response to the report.
In 2019, the U.S. spent 16.8% of its GDP on healthcare, 5.5 percentage points more than the next country on the list, Switzerland. By contrast, Norway—which has the top-performing system according to the Commonwealth Fund’s metrics—spent just 10.5% of its GDP on healthcare that same year.
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