Worldwide View on U.S. Health Care

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Americans aren't the only ones to realize the U.S. health-care system has some major problems.

According to a report issued by The Commonwealth Fund, the United States came in dead last when its system was compared to those in seven industrialized nations, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and New Zealand. The Netherlands topped the list.

The study looked at five criteria—quality, efficiency, access, equity and healthy lives—by interviewing more than 27,000 patients and doctors beginning in 2007.

The study found that the U.S. system scored poorly in all categories, yet was the most costly in the world. It also noted that recent health-care reforms passed by Congress could go a long way toward solving the problem.

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