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Australian Adults' Health Care System Views and Experiences, 2001

May 1, 2002 - The Commonwealth Fund 2001 International Health Policy Survey indicates that Australians are more satisfied with their health care system than they were three years ago. Findings from the survey show a significant decline over a three-year period in the percentage of Australians calling for a complete rebuilding of their health care system, from around 30 percent in 1998 to less than 20 percent in 2001.

Data Brief

United States Adults' Health Care System Views and Experiences, 2001

May 1, 2002 - The United States continues to lead the world in per person spending on health care. Yet results from The Commonwealth Fund 2001 International Health Policy Survey indicate that the majority of U.S. adults believe the system requires fundamental reforms or needs to be completely rebuilt.

Data Brief

United Kingdom Adults' Health Care System Views and Experiences, 2001

May 1, 2002 - The Commonwealth Fund 2001 International Health Policy Survey finds that a majority of British citizens believe their nation's health care system requires major reforms. Yet the survey also finds that the U.K. health care system effectively protects people against medical costs and provides ready access to care without regard to income.

Data Brief

Providing Language Interpretation Services in Health Care Settings: Examples from the Field

May 1, 2002 - The report profiles a variety of programs around the country that provide interpretation services in health care settings, and also identifies federal, state, local, and private funding sources for interpretation services.

Fund Report

Are Tax Credits Alone the Solution to Affordable Health Insurance? Comparing Individual and Group Insurance Costs in 17 U.S. Markets

May 1, 2002 - The number of Americans without health insurance is near an all-time high, and various legislative proposals in Congress over the past few years have made little headway in reducing the number or uninsured. Now, members of Congress, as well as the Bush administration, are sponsoring legislation that would allow individuals to receive tax credits toward buying health insurance. This paper addresses the affordability of individual coverage under such a system of tax credits.

Fund Report

Do Enrollees in 'Look-Alike' Medicaid and SCHIP Programs Really Look Alike?

May 1, 2002 - In their analysis of Georgia's similar-looking Medicaid and SCHIP programs, the authors present three possible explanations for the differences in access to care between the two populations.

In the Literature

Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health Care: Can Health Plans Generate Reports?

May 1, 2002 - The absence of data on race and ethnicity in health plan and provider databases is a significant barrier in the creation and use of quality-of-care reports for patients of minority groups. In this article, however, the authors show that health plans are able to collect and analyze quality of care data by race/ethnicity.

In the Literature

Bare-Bones Health Plans: Are They Worth the Money?

May 1, 2002 - Health insurance premiums rise with the generosity of the benefit package. Both public and private sector policymakers are interested in making less-costly health insurance available by offering a bare-bones benefit package. This analysis develops several alternative insurance policies that would cost 30 percent less than a current basic benefit plan and examines the implications of these policies for purchasers. Although stripped-down policies are meant to make insurance more affordable for low-income consumers, they do so only with enormous risks.

Issue Brief

Individual Insurance: How Much Financial Protection Does it Provide?

April 4, 2002 - A $1,000 tax credit should be more than adequate to buy individual coverage for healthy, young, single males, but it would not even come close for their middle-aged peers.

In the Literature

Work in America: New Challenges for Health Care

April 4, 2002 - In this essay from the Fund's 2001 Annual Report, Fund president Karen Davis examines trends in the U.S. labor force over the past quarter century and how they affect health, health care, and health insurance coverage.


In Pursuit of Long-Term Care: Ensuring Access, Coverage, Quality

April 2, 2002 - This Issue Brief was prepared for The Commonwealth Fund/John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference, January 17-19, 2002.

Issue Brief

Quality of Health Care in the United States: A Chartbook

April 1, 2002 - This first-of-its-kind portrait of the state of health care quality in the United States documents serious gaps in quality on many crucial dimensions of care: lack of preventive care, medical mistakes, substandard care for chronic conditions, and health care disparities. The chartbook is based on more than 150 published studies and reports about quality of care.


Training Tomorrow's Doctors: The Medical Education Mission of Academic Health Centers

April 1, 2002 - Academic health centers in the United States need to make the continuous improvement of medical education a top priority, according to this report from The Commonwealth Fund Task Force on Academic Health Centers.

Fund Report

Erosion of Private Health Insurance Coverage for Retirees

April 1, 2002 - The survey profiles retiree health coverage for Medicare-age (65+) retirees, including the amount retirees pay for coverage compared to active workers, cost-sharing for prescription drugs, and eligibility requirements for retiree benefits.

Fund Report

Room for Improvement: Patients Report on the Quality of Their Health Care

April 1, 2002 - More than one of five Americans report that they or a family member experienced a medical or prescription drug error, according to this report, based on a survey of 6,722 adults.

Fund Report