A new report that came out on Wednesday suggests that the US comes in the last place in healthcare rankings in the list of high-income countries. This latest news appeared despite the country having spent a far greater share of its economy on health care.
Commonwealth Fund Survey: US Lands At The Bottom
The study was conducted by the Commonwealth Fund. Apart from this poorest ranking in health care access, the country also fell down to the basement in all seven studies that have been conducted since 2004.
As per the current report, the U.S is the odd one among all the 11 countries as it doesn’t have universal health insurance coverage.
The current report doesn’t include a reference to the current pandemic situations around the world. But still, it hints at the strengths and weaknesses of each country’s healthcare system, especially in 2020 when the coronavirus started its attacks on different countries in the earlier phase.
The president of the Commonwealth fund, David Blumenthal said that the health insurance in the US does not provide enough protections which compromises the country’s health and finances. And this promotes better health care access and quality, particularly for the uninsured and disadvantaged category. Because of this reason, people are forced to skip care or else get burdened with medical debt.
Blumenthal added that the income inequality in the country so profoundly limits access to care but there is no other country that has this same policy. Especially when comparing to other wealthy nations, there are far too many people in the U.S who are not able to afford the proper health care facilities they need, and still, there are also far too many people uninsured.
The study found that half of the adults in the country with lower incomes reported they did not receive any care because of the cost. But at the same time, just a quarter of those with higher incomes have this issue. According to the study, the UK residents also have such a financial barrier but only in the least figures. That would be 12% of people with lower income and 7% with higher incomes as well.
Another shocking revelation by the report goes like among all countries that have been served, the U.S is the only country where a high-income citizen has to face more financial hurdles more than a low-income citizen. This particular survey was held on higher-income countries including Canada, Australia, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, as well as the UK.
Among the countries which were surveyed, the best performance was noted in countries like Norway, Australia, and the Netherlands. These countries looked at access to care, health care outcomes, equity, and car prices, administrative efficiency, etc. it also included preventive care, patient engagement, and other metrics.
According to the survey, the US also ranked poorly on maternal mortality, infant mortality, life expectancy, at age 60, as well as deaths that were potentially preventable with timely access to care, apart from having lower access to care.
One of the reasons behind the fall of the nation in the list is the administrative efficiency as those in need have to spend much on paperwork, duplicative medical testing, and insurance disputes. However, the nation achieved second place in the care process despite the negative findings.