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How The U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally

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The 2010 version of the annual Commonwealth Fund comparison of the U.S. health system with those in other industrialized nations is available as an interactive graphic.

Here’s how NPR summarizes it:

Overall, the winner in this year’s contest was the Netherlands. Interestingly, perhaps, it’s a nation that doesn’t have a government-run system, but instead achieves universal coverage with an individual insurance mandate, much like the one recently passed by the U.S. Congress. The Dutch were first in access, first in equity, and second in quality of care.

The U.S., by contrast, was last in every category except quality, where it was second to last, squeaking in ahead of Canada. At $7,290 in annual spending per person in 2007, the U.S. also dwarfed second-place Canada at $3,895 and third-place Netherlands at $3,837.

I’m adding the graphic to The Best Online Resources For Learning About Health Care Reform.

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