Study Americans Get Low Quality Healthcare For High Cost

06.24.10 |

Americans may not be getting their money's worth with the U.S. healthcare system. A new report comparing the quality of care in the United States, Britain, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand ranked the U.S. dead last. The report by the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund used data from patient and doctor surveys conducted between 2007 and 2009. It found that Americans got less efficient, less equitable and lower quality healthcare than the other six nations despite having the most expensive healthcare system in the world. The U.S. did poorly on matters of safety, and access to primary and after-hours care. There was also a high number of Americans who said they had gone without care because of the cost. The report pointed out that the U.S. was the only country on the list that doesn't give all citizens healthcare coverage. That's despite Americans spending more than seven-thousand dollars a year per capita on healthcare. The top-ranked nation, the Netherlands, spent just under four-thousand dollars per capita.