December 27, 2011 - This updated Commonwealth Fund chartbook uses data collected by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to compare the health care systems and performance across several industrialized countries.
November 15, 2011 - This brief outlines how primary care is provided in Australia, England, and the Netherlands. It evaluates data on a range of primary care system performance indicators, and it examines the three countries' major strategies for strengthening primary care.
November 9, 2011 - Adults with complex medical conditions, including those with serious or chronic illness, injury, or disability, benefit from receiving their care from a medical home, The Commonwealth Fund's latest international health policy survey finds.
In the Literature
November 9, 2011 - This publication presents overviews of the health care systems of 14 countries—Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.
September 8, 2011 - A new Commonwealth Fund-supported study comparing fees for physician services in the United States with those in five other nations finds that U.S. physicians are paid more per service than doctors in other countries—as much as double in some cases.
In the Literature
July 27, 2011 - This updated Commonwealth Fund chartbook uses data collected by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to compare the health care systems and performance across several industrialized countries.
July 27, 2011 - This analysis, of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) health data for 12 industrialized nations, finds health care spending in the U.S. towers over the other countries and U.S. performance was mixed.
June 28, 2011 - In this article, Sharon Willcox, a 1999–2000 Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, reviews the rationale for three government policies enacted in the late 1990s or 2000 that were intended to promote private coverage, which had been experiencing declining participation.
June 28, 2011 - How do technological changes, or changes in medical treatments that affect the quality and costs of care, play out in different health care systems across the world? In this Commonwealth Fund–supported study, researchers set out to investigate this issue by comparing heart attack treatments in 17 nations.
June 28, 2011 - Peter Sprivulis, a 2004–05 Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, and his coauthors estimated the costs and benefits of creating an interoperable health information exchange system among Australian health care providers and stakeholders.
June 22, 2011 - Recently passed health reform legislation in Australia encourages public reporting of patient outcomes following hospitalization. In this analysis, former Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow Martin Gallagher reviews challenges of reporting health outcomes.
April 21, 2011 - The authors point to several levers that have effectively increased EHR adoption: direct financial support, quality-of-care incentives, and requirements that computers be used for administrative tasks.
December 7, 2010 - SA HealthPlus was the largest of nine trials led by the Australian government to test whether coordinated care could improve health outcomes for patients with chronic conditions, without incurring added costs. The care coordination model relies on prospective planning to help patients manage care and avoid complications.
November 18, 2010 - A new Commonwealth Fund survey finds that adults in the United States are far more likely than those in 10 other industrialized nations to go without health care because of the cost, have trouble paying their medical bills, encounter high medical bills even when insured, and have disputes with their insurers or discover insurance wouldn't pay as they expected.
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June 29, 2010 - The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development tracks and reports annually on more than 1,200 health system measures across 30 industrialized countries. Based on analysis of OECD health data from 2008, the United States continues to differ markedly from other countries on a number of health system measures.