US healthcare placed last on list of 11 developed nations

June 17, 2014 10:28 PM

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The Commonwealth Fund in its latest ranking of healthcare services in 11 wealthy nations that include the UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the US has placed the US at the bottom of the list. This is largely because of the lack of access and equity that characterizes the SU healthcare system as well as the very high per capita cost of healthcare. Moreover, the US has a lower life expectancy for various diseases, injuries, and health conditions. The infant mortality rate in the US is also the highest among the countries compared.

The Fund points out that 37 percent of US citizens did not fill prescriptions or seek recommended medical care because of their worries about the affordability of the care while the corresponding figure for the UK is 4 percent as that country offers universal healthcare.

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