International Profiles of Health Care Systems: Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States

November 9, 2011

Contact: David Squires, Program Associate, International Program in Health Policy and Practice, The Commonwealth Fund, ds@cmwf.org
Editor: Sarah Thomson, London School of Economics and Political Science, Robin Osborn, The Commonwealth Fund,
David Squires, The Commonwealth Fund, Sarah Jane Reed, London School of Economics and Political Science
Notes: See the 2012 profiles.

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International Health Systems

Overview

This publication presents overviews of the health care systems of Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. Each overview covers health insurance, public and private financing, health system organization, quality of care, health disparities, efficiency and integration, use of health information technology, use of evidence-based practice, cost containment, and recent reforms and innovations. In addition, summary tables provide data on a number of key health system characteristics and performance indicators, including overall health care spending, hospital spending and utilization, health care access, patient safety, care coordination, chronic care management, disease prevention, capacity for quality improvement, and public views.

Citation

S. Thomson, R. Osborn, D. Squires, and S. J. Reed, International Profiles of Health Care Systems, 2011, The Commonwealth Fund, November 2011.