International Health Policy Survey Briefs

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Controlling Health Care Costs

Access, Affordability, and Insurance Complexity Are Often Worse in the United States Compared to 10 Other Countries

Our new international survey finds that adults in the United States are far more likely than those in 10 other high-income industrialized nations to go without health care because of the cost, encounter difficulties paying medical bills, and deal with time-consuming health insurance paperwork or disputes, including claims that were unexpectedly not paid.

Journal Article / Nov 13, 2013

Improving Health Care Quality

A Survey of Primary Care Doctors in Ten Countries Shows Progress in Use of Health Information Technology, Less in Other Areas

More than two-thirds of U.S. primary care physicians were using electronic medical records in 2012, a substantial increase from 2009, when less than half had adopted the technology, a new Commonwealth Fund survey finds. But results also depict the U.S. as an outlier when it comes to affordability of health care.

Journal Article / Nov 15, 2012