New Report Ranks U.S. Healthcare Last

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

New Report Ranks U.S. Healthcare Last

June 16, 2014 Updated Jun 16, 2014 at 4:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. (21Alive) -- According to a new report, Americans spend more money per capita on healthcare and receive worse coverage than other comparable countries.

The non-profit Commonwealth Fund released a report today indicating that U.S. ranked last when it came to healthcare among other comparable countries. The U.S. was studied along with Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

The United States ranked last in efficiency, equity, and overall healthiness . The highest ranking the U.S. received was in the effectiveness of care, where the U.S. ranked third.

5 of the countries on the list have universal healthcare systems, including the U.K. who ranked first, while the others have a variety systems.

One notable element of the study is that the data used is from before the full implementation of the the Affordable Care Act.

In the past, the Commonwealth Fund has received criticism for it's methodologies and research, including drawing criticism from Forbes' Opinion Editor Avik Roy.

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