U.S. Health Ranks Last, Again
Compared with 10 other wealthy countries—Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland—the United States continues to lag behind when it comes to health and wellness, according to a report from a group called the Commonwealth Fund.
The group's latest report examined the health and health care of 26,863 adults from these prosperous countries and found Americans to be the sickest and most economically challenged. About 43 percent of low-income adults in the U.S. were unable to obtain medical care because of the cost. Rates in other countries ranged from eight percent in Britain to 31 percent in Switzerland.
Despite spending more on health care than any other developed country, medical care and affordability continue to decline for many Americans. According to the Commonwealth Fund, weaknesses in the U.S. health care system pre-date the passage of the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—in 2010. One area in which the U.S. performed well was in access to medical specialists, with fewer than six percent of people waiting more than two months.
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