Steps toward improvement include more access to primary care.
The United States is a global leading nation for some cancer screenings and flu vaccines – and for health care investments that appear to have lower rates of return than in other countries.
The Commonwealth Fund updated its study, “U.S. Health Care from a Global Perspective,” for 2022, adding the assessment in the subtitle: “Accelerating Spending, Worsening Outcomes.” Limited access to primary care is at least partly to blame when comparing health measurements across the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, according to the report.
Data comes from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and other sources, and the researchers acknowledged the latest figures “may reflect the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when mental health conditions were surging, essential health services were disrupted, and patients may not have received the same level of care.”
Among the highlights, according to the Commonwealth Fund:
In their discussion, authors Munira Z. Gunja, Evan D. Gumas, and Reginald D. Williams II outline three steps to improvement: