Taking Charge of Your Health in an Era of Health Care Uncertainty

August 27, 2014 2:33 PM

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Taking Charge of Your Health in an Era of Health Care Uncertainty

While the U.S. has unrivaled status in many areas, health care is not one of them. In 2000, the World Health Organization (WHO) ranked the United States 37th in health care quality in the world. In the years 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010, the Commonwealth Fund, an organization that conducts independent research and provides grants to improve health care practice and policies, completed more studies. These studies compared the United States to six other industrialized countries (Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom) on measures of health system performance. Performance was measured in five areas: quality, efficiency, access to care, equity, and the ability to lead long, healthy, productive lives.

As a result, governing bodies are insisting that hospitals improve care by moving toward patient-centered care as well as other quality improvement measures. The surveys you receive after visiting a doctor or medical facility are designed to measure patient satisfaction and the level of patient-cent...

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