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Mirror, Mirror: Comparing Health Systems Across Countries

Mirror Mirror 2017
Improving Health Care Quality

Mirror, Mirror 2017: International Comparison Reflects Flaws and Opportunities for Better U.S. Health Care

In the United States—more than in 11 other wealthy countries—the health care you receive varies with your level of income. For instance, in the U.S., 44 percent of lower-income people reported that costs prevented them from getting needed health care, while only 26 percent of higher-income people did, according to The Commonwealth Fund’s report comparing health care system performance in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Fund Reports / Jul 14, 2017

Improving Health Care Quality

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally, 2010 Update

Despite having the most expensive health care system, the United States ranks last overall compared to six other industrialized countries—Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom—on measures of health system performance in five areas: quality, efficiency, access to care, equity and the ability to lead long, healthy, productive lives, according to this Commonwealth Fund report.

Fund Reports / Jun 23, 2010

Improving Health Care Quality

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Looking at the Quality of American Health Care through the Patient's Lens

U.S. health care leaders often say that American health care is the best in the world. However, recent studies of medical outcomes and mortality and morbidity statistics suggest that the United States—despite spending more per capita on health care and devoting to it a greater percentage of its national income than any other country—is not getting commensurate value for its money.

Fund Reports / Jan 01, 2004