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U.S. Scores Dead Last Again in Healthcare Study

Americans spend twice as much on healthcare, but get lower quality, less efficiency and have the least equitable system.

The Commonwealth Fund report found that the United States ranked last when compared to six other countries -- Britain, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand.  In 2007, health spending was $7,290 per person in the United States, more than double that of any other country in the survey.

According to Reuters:

“The report looks at five measures of healthcare -- quality, efficiency, access to care, equity and the ability to lead long, healthy, productive lives.  Britain, whose nationalized healthcare system was widely derided by opponents of U.S. healthcare reform, ranks first in quality while the Netherlands ranked first overall on all scores, the Commonwealth team found.”

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