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On the Front Lines of Care: Primary Care Doctors' Office Systems, Experiences, and Views in Seven Countries

November 2, 2006 - Primary care doctors in the U.S. are less likely than those in several other countries to offer patients access to care outside regular office hours or to have systems that alert doctors to potentially harmful drug interactions, according to the Fund's 2006 International Health Policy Survey.

In the Literature

Health Care Spending and Use of Information Technology in OECD Countries

May 10, 2006 - The U.S. spends more per capita on health care than other industrialized nations, yet lags in adoption of health information technology. A new Fund-supported Health Affairs study identifies lessons from abroad that could help ease implementation.

In the Literature

Centralized Drug Review Processes in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States

April 12, 2006 - A new Fund-supported study of drug coverage assessment in four countries finds that program success depends on the scientific rigor of the review process, the separation of the analysis into distinct phases, and the ability of the public to understand the decision-making rationale.

In the Literature

Multinational Comparisons of Health Systems Data, 2005

April 6, 2006 - This chartbook uses data collected by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to compare health care systems and performance in nine industrialized countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.


Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: An Update on the Quality of American Health Care Through the Patient's Lens

April 4, 2006 - This report, based on two cross-national surveys, finds that the U.S. health care system scores well on effectiveness from a patient perspective but is viewed poorly on many other measures, including safety and equity.

Fund Report

The U.S. Health Care Divide: Disparities in Primary Care Experiences by Income

April 4, 2006 - An analysis of patient survey data by the Fund finds that U.S. adults with below-average income fare worse than those with above-average income on 21 of 30 measures of primary care access, coordination, and doctor–patient relationships.

Fund Report

Evaluating National Guidelines for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care

December 22, 2005 - A five-nation study of national physician guidelines used for the prevention of cardiovascular disease finds that even slight differences can produce large differences in health consequences and overall costs. Focusing on older patients and using aspirin treatment are among the most cost-effective recommendations, the study revealed.

In the Literature

Taking the Pulse of Health Care Systems: Experiences of Patients with Health Problems in Six Countries

November 3, 2005 - A new Fund-supported international survey finds that one-third of U.S. patients with health problems reported experiencing medical mistakes, medication errors, or inaccurate or delayed lab results—the highest rate of any of the six nations surveyed. The findings were published in Health Affairs.

In the Literature

Health Spending in the United States and the Rest of the Industrialized World

July 12, 2005 - The U.S. spends more on health care per capita than any other country. A new study says the main reason is higher prices for services like prescription drugs, hospital stays, and doctor's visits—not unrestricted supply or malpractice litigation.

In the Literature

Primary Care and Health System Performance: Adults' Experiences in Five Countries

October 28, 2004 - This survey of patients in five industrialized nations finds shortfalls in delivering safe, effective, timely, or patient-centered primary care to be an international problem. In assessing adults' primary care experiences in the last three years in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S., researchers found Americans reported high rates of cost-related difficulties accessing care. U.S. and Canadian adults, meanwhile, were least likely to see a doctor the same day when sick and most likely to wait multiple days for care.

In the Literature

Literature Review: International Issues of Health Affairs

September 15, 2004 - This literature review provides citations, short summaries, and Web links for Fund-supported articles that have been published since 1999 in the international issues of Health Affairs.

Literature Review

2003 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Hospital Executives

September 14, 2004 - The Commonwealth Fund 2003 International Health Policy Survey provides a comparative perspective on health policy issues in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The 2003 survey consisted of interviews with a sample of hospital chief operating officers or top administrators of the larger hospitals across the five nations.


First Report and Recommendations of the Commonwealth Fund's International Working Group on Quality Indicators

June 3, 2004 - The Commonwealth Fund's International Working Group on Quality Indicators released its first report to the health ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The report provides detailed data on 40 key health care quality indicators, which the Working Group developed to help benchmark and compare health care system performance across the five countries.

Fund Report

A Cross-National Look at Hospitals and Their Health Care Systems: Views of U.S. Hospital Executives in Comparison to Four Other Countries

May 21, 2004 - Survey findings show that half of hospital executives in the United States are dissatisfied with the health care system, a significantly higher proportion than in the other four nations surveyed.

Data Brief

Australian Hospitals and the Health Care System: Views of Hospital Executives

May 21, 2004 - The most recent Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey asked hospital executives in five countries—Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States—for their views of their nation's health care system, the level and quality of their hospitals' resources, and efforts to improve quality of care.

Data Brief