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Inequities in Health Care: A Five-Country Survey


Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom


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.

Publication Details

Publication Date: May 1, 2002

"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


Robert J. Blendon
Richard L. Menschel Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Policy Translation and Leadership Development, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Catherine DesRoches
Executive Director, Open Notes, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School
Senior Scholar in Residence, New York Academy of Medicine