International Health Policy Survey, 2017


Since 1998, the Commonwealth Fund has conducted an annual international health policy survey to benchmark health system performance across industrialized countries. Released at the Fund’s annual international symposium and published in Health Affairs, these surveys consistently garner major media attention and provide a unique lens for viewing access, quality, and efficiency in the U.S. health care system. The 2017 survey will focus on the experience of older adults, many of whom have chronic conditions or functional disabilities and are particularly vulnerable to failures in the delivery system. Under the direction of SSRS, the 2017 International Survey, the 20th in this series, will assess health care system performance and responsiveness from the perspective of adults age 65 and older. Conducted in 11 countries—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States—the survey will ask about timely access to care, financial barriers and out-of-pocket costs, care coordination and support for self-management, the need for social services and home care, caregiver burden, and long-term care. The survey findings will be valuable to U.S. and foreign policymakers, researchers, and journalists. Results will allow us to benchmark the health system against industrialized country peers, track the impact of reforms, and gain insights about best practices in other countries. Data from the survey will be used in the 2017 edition of the Fund’s Mirror, Mirror on the Wall report.

Grant Details

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Principal Investigator:
Robyn Rapoport, M.A.
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Approval Date:
July 13, 2016

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