Despite having the most expensive healthcare system in the industrialized world, Americans tend to have the least confidence that their system will provide them the most-effective care compared with residents of 10 other first-world countries, a Commonwealth Fund survey has found.
U.S. health system inspires least confidence: survey
A survey of nearly 20,000 people in the U.S. and 10 other industrialized nations has found that U.S. consumers reported the highest level of confusing complexity of their health insurance plans and the highest level of concern that they would not be able to afford their healthcare coverage.
The survey was part of an annual project by the Commonwealth Fund to compare the U.S.' health system to 10 other industrialized nations. Results of the study were published Thursday in Health Affairs.
Among the results: Only 70% of Americans were confident that they would receive the most effective treatments, while respondents in the other 10 nations reported confidence in the system from 70% to 92%. In the U.S., 31% of those surveyed said had spent “a lot of time” on insurance paperwork or had experienced insurance companies denying payment, compared to response rates of 4% to 23% in other countries.
And a full third of those surveyed in the U.S. reported taking fewer prescriptions or not seeing the doctor when sick because of cost, compared with rates of 5% to 25% in the other countries.
The other countries in the survey were Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The poll had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
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