International Health Policy Surveys

The Commonwealth Fund and its partners conduct a cross-national survey of health care system performance annually.

Older Americans Were Sicker and Faced More Financial Barriers to Health Care Than Counterparts in Other Countries
November 15, 2017
Despite having nearly universal health coverage through Medicare, adults 65 and older in the United States are sicker than those in 10 other countries and are more likely to go without needed care because of costs, according to the Commonwealth Fund’s 20th International Health Policy Survey.

In New Survey of 11 Countries, U.S. Adults Still Struggle with Access to and Affordability of Health Care
November 16, 2016
An 11-country survey finds that adults in the United States are far more likely than those in other countries to go without needed care because of costs and to struggle to afford basic necessities such as housing and healthy food. U.S. adults are also more likely to report having poor health and emotional distress.

Primary Care Physicians in Ten Countries Report Challenges Caring for Patients with Complex Health Needs
December 7, 2015
Nearly one-quarter of primary care physicians in the United States report they are not prepared to care for the sickest and frailest patients, and 84 percent say they are not well prepared to manage patients with serious mental illness, according to The Commonwealth Fund's latest international survey.

International Survey of Older Adults Finds Shortcomings in Access, Coordination, and Patient-Centered Care
November 21, 2014
Compared with their counterparts in 10 other industrialized countries, older adults in the U.S. are sicker and more likely to have problems paying their medical bills and getting needed health care.

Access, Affordability, and Insurance Complexity Are Often Worse in the United States Compared to 10 Other Countries
November 13, 2013
The 2013 international survey finds that adults in the United States are far more likely than those in 10 other high-income industrialized nations to go without health care because of the cost, encounter difficulties paying medical bills, and deal with time-consuming health insurance paperwork or disputes, including claims that were unexpectedly not paid.

A Survey of Primary Care Doctors in Ten Countries Shows Progress in Use of Health Information Technology, Less in Other Areas 
November 15, 2012  
More than two-thirds of U.S. primary care physicians were using electronic medical records in 2012, a substantial increase from 2009, when less than half had adopted the technology, a new Commonwealth Fund survey finds. But results also depict the U.S. as an outlier when it comes to affordability of health care.

Survey of Patients with Complex Care Needs in Eleven Countries Finds That Care Is Often Poorly Coordinated
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.

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