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The Elderly in Five Nations: The Importance of Universal Coverage

This chartbook and accompanying Health Affairs article report 1999 survey results on the population age 65 and older in five nations: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The majority of respondents were generally satisfied with the quality, affordability, and availability of health services in their nations. In many measures of access to and cost of care, the United States looks much like the other nations surveyed. However, as the elderly view their health systems, the direction they have taken in recent years with respect to caring for the elderly, and the future affordability of care in old age, U.S. respondents tended to be more pessimistic than were those in other nations.

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The Elderly in Five Nations: The Importance of Universal Coverage, Karen Donelan, Sc.D, Robert J. Blendon, M.B.A., Sc.D., Cathy Schoen, M.S., Katherine Binns, Robin Osborn, M.B.A., and Karen Davis, Ph.D., The Commonwealth Fund, May 2000