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International Health Policy Surveys

In collaboration with international partners, The Commonwealth Fund's international program conducts annual surveys of patients and clinicians in 11 high-income countries. The surveys delve into financial barriers to care, chronic disease management, and satisfaction with care, among other topics. 

The most recent survey found that that adults in the United States are far more likely than those in other countries to go without needed care because of costs and to struggle to afford basic necessities such as housing and healthy food. U.S. adults are also more likely to report having poor health and emotional distress. Bright spots for the U.S. include rates of timely access to specialist care, discussion with a physician about ways to lead a healthy life, and coordinated hospital discharge planning

Controlling Health Care Costs

2010 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey

This survey finds that adults in the United States are far more likely than those in 10 other industrialized nations to go without health care because of costs, have trouble paying medical bills, encounter high medical bills even when insured, and have disputes with their insurers or discover insurance wouldn't pay as they expected.

Surveys / Nov 18, 2010