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Inequities in Health Care: A Five-Country Survey

This chartbook and accompanying Health Affairs article report on a comparative survey in five nations: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The survey finds a high level of citizen dissatisfaction with the health care systems in all five countries. Citizens with incomes below the national median were more likely than were those with higher incomes to be dissatisfied. In contrast, relatively few citizens reported problems getting needed health care. Low-income U.S. citizens reported more problems getting care than did their counterparts in the other four countries.

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"Inequities in Health Care: A Five-Country Survey," Robert J. Blendon, Cathy Schoen, Catherine M. DesRoches et al., Health Affairs 21, 3 (May 2002): 182–91