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1999 International Health Policy Survey of the Elderly

Countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States

Survey Organization: Harris Interactive

Field Dates: April–June 1999

Sample: Nationally representative sample of non-institutionalized adults age 65 and older

Sample Sizes: 701 in Australia; 700 in Canada; 700 in New Zealand; 714 in U.K.; 700 in U.S.

Interview Method: Telephone

This international study finds that universal health care systems, including the U.S. Medicare program, do a good job of providing quality care to the elderly. Respondents age 65 and older in five countries—Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States—praised the quality of care and the ease of access to most services. Many expressed doubts, however, over the ability of the health systems to meet their needs in the future.

To view the survey questions, download the attachment posted on the right. To read analyses of the surveys, see the Fund publications under Related Resources, on the right.

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