America's Health Care Ranks 11th—Out of 11
US is costliest, least effective among industrialized nations
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2014 4:39 AM CDT
Updated Jun 17, 2014 7:32 AM CDT
A doctor checks monitors during a catheterization lab heart procedure in Burlington, Vermont.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

(Newser) – Americans are paying a lot more money for a health care system less effective than those of other countries, according to a report from the Commonwealth Fund think tank that ranks the US dead last out of 11 industrialized countries once again. The US was last overall and came in at the bottom in categories including efficiency and equity, reports the Washington Post, which notes that America's per capita health care cost was $8,508—way ahead of Norway, which has the second most expensive health care system at $5,669. The UK ranked first overall while spending $3,405 a head. Switzerland was ranked second.

"Although the US spends more on health care than any other country and has the highest proportion of specialist physicians, survey findings indicate that from the patients' perspective, and based on outcome indicators, the performance of American health care is severely lacking," the report's authors wrote. The US also came in last in the group's reports from 2010, 2007, 2006, and 2004. The data for the report was collected before ObamaCare took effect, the Atlantic notes, so there is a chance that the expanded access to health insurance could finally shift the US out of last place next time around.

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Jun 20, 2014 1:06 PM CDT
Uh-huh..... What are the stats on: Foreigners coming here for medical treatment vs. Americans going "there" for the same thing ? It's the same story: bitching about those to cheap or lazy to buy insurance.
Jun 18, 2014 2:22 AM CDT
Why is this surprising? This is standard practice in all American business. Charge the highest price and deliver the least product. Our politicians have access to information from around the world. They KNOW we do a lot of stupid and wasteful things They KNOW that other countries have done some amazing things that could work here. But they also know the American public can't do a damned thing about it.
Jun 18, 2014 2:01 AM CDT
Ordinary people don't care so much about cost and efficiency. Tell them the USA ranks 35th in life expectancy and they'll sit up and take notice. Italy, Sweden, Canda, Australia, Switerland, Spain, France, Israel, Norway, New Zealand, Austria, Netherlands, Ireland, Finland, Germany, Greece, South Korea, Belgium, UK, Taiwan, Portugal, Slovenia (plus a bunch of smaller countries) all beat the USA in life expectancy which means they all have better health care systems. Health care expenditure by person (adjusted by PPP) for #1 highest spender, the USA: $8,508. Health care expenditure by person for the next highest spending country, Norway, $5,669. Source: Wikipedia "List of countries by life expectancy" and "List of countries by total health expenditure (PPP) per capita".