Despite Spending Most, the U.S. Still Last at Healthcare This is just astonishing. For the fifth consecutive time, the US ranked lowest of 11 industrialized nations in overall healthcare quality. ... more 
Despite Spending Most, the U.S. Still Last at Healthcare This is just astonishing. For the fifth consecutive time, the US ranked lowest of 11 industrialized nations in overall healthcare quality. Yahoo Finance’s Mandi Woodruff has the detes and its embarrassing: The report, which covered the years 2011-2013, compared more than 80 indicators of U.S. health care spending, quality and performance to the likes of Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, and Sweden, among other developed nations.    The UK, which was ranked highest, blew the U.S. out of the water, despite the fact that the country spends less than half as much on health care per capita ($3,406 on average, compared to $8,508 in the U.S.). The U.S. also spends the most on health care as a percentage of GDP (17%) than any other other nation. Lead author Karen Davis, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, says the findings were disappointing, but not surprising. This is the fifth time in a row that the U.S. has landed at the bottom of the heap in the semi-annual report, in large part due to the fact that, until recently, access to affordable health care was severely lacking. The data in the report pre-date the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the establishment of the healthcare marketplace earlier this year, so there’s a good chance the U.S. will land higher on the list next time. Since the healthcare marketplace opened in October 2013, more than 8 million uninsured Americans have signed up. “With enactment of the Affordable Care Act… the U.S. performance on access to care should begin to improve, particularly for low-income Americans,” Davis says. “The Affordable Care Act is also expanding the availability and quality of primary care, which should help all Americans have better care and better health outcomes at lower cost.” Hop on over to YF to read the rest of Mandi’s piece: US continues its losing streak in health care quality comparison less 
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