2017-07-19 17:30:47

How Does American Healthcare Compare To the Rest of the World?

GUEST: Eric Schneider, Senior Vice President for Policy and Research at the Commonwealth Fund, lead author of a new report called, "Mirror, Mirror 2017: International Comparison Reflects Flaws and Opportunities for Better U.S. Health Care".

BACKGROUND: The Republican Party has faced yet another defeat over its long-standing plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Two more senators, Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas announced they would not support the Better Care Reconciliation Act this week, soon after it was reported that Senator John McCain was recovering from a major surgery and would not be available to vote for weeks.

Amid the national debate on healthcare, a new report by the Commonwealth Fund compared the American system to that of ten other industrialized Western nations. The report concluded that the US's healthcare system had the highest cost but lowest performance compared to the other countries, and in the US one's income was the strongest factor in determining one's level of accessible care compared to the rest.

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