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Despite high spending, U.S. rates low on healthcare performance: report
Modern Healthcare

The U.S. ranks at the bottom of the list for overall health system performance when compared with six other industrialized nations, according to new comparative findings from the New York-based Commonwealth Fund.

In the June 23 report, the authors analyzed healthcare performance in seven countries—the U.S., Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom—during 2007, 2008 and 2009 and ranked each one based on measures of quality, efficiency, access to healthcare, equity and finally, “the ability to lead long, healthy, productive lives.”