As the wealth gap continues to grow in the United States, so does the divide in health coverage and access to health services.
An international survey, released today by the Commonwealth Fund, looked at adults living with health problems and complex care needs. The study found that patients in the United States are much more likely than those in 10 other high-income countries to forgo needed care because of costs and to struggle with medical debt. Among the study’s key findings:
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Today the Commonwealth Fund released its 2011 National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance. How’d we do? Well, not so good. According to the report, the United States scored a 64 on a scale of 100, the highest possible score, when compared to other developed nations. In other words, we got a ‘D.’
Costs are up, access to care decreased, health system efficiency remains low, disparities persist and health outcomes have either deteriorated or have not improved.