Nation ranks at bottom in healthcare quality, report finds

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The United States spends the most on healthcare, but it produces worse results than other developed countries with regard to patient safety, quality care, access to care, efficiency, and the number of healthy lives, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund.

The U.S. ranked last behind Britain, Canada, Germany, Australia and New Zealand for several key healthcare measures, the report said. Still, it spent more than twice on healthcare compared to the other countries. Per capita healthcare spending in the U.S. in 2004 was $6,102. Meanwhile, Germany spent $3,005 and Britain spent $2,546 per person.

TheUnited States is the only one of the six nations that does not provide universal health care, the report notes.

The report is available at http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=482678