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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.

Publication Details

Publication Date: May 1, 2000

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


Robert J. Blendon
Richard L. Menschel Professor of Public Health and Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis, Emeritus
Acting Director, Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Robin Osborn
Senior Advisor, International Program in Health Policy and Practice Innovations, The Commonwealth Fund
Senior Scholar in Residence, New York Academy of Medicine
Professor Emerita in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health