Read Original Research – Mirror, Mirror 2017: International Comparison Reflects Flaws and Opportunities for Better U.S. Health Care – The Commonwealth Fund

Read the original research, not coloured by the media. According to a new Commonwealth Fund report, in the United States—more than in 11 other wealthy countries—the health care you receive varies with your level of income.

Source: Mirror, Mirror 2017: International Comparison Reflects Flaws and Opportunities for Better U.S. Health Care

Overall, the UK comes out top overall and in terms of care and equity. But in terms of outcomes, the UK is second bottom of the list, with only the US being worse. But surely, healthcare is more about outcomes than the other variables – in other words, outcomes is not giving a high enough weight. Other international healthcare comparisons achieve different results.

Here’s a copy of the overview results tabled cited in the research report:

Exhibit 2. Health Care System Performance Rankings
header AUS CAN FRA GER NETH NZ NOR SWE SWIZ UK US
OVERALL RANKING 2 9 10 8 3 4 4 6 6 1 11
Care Process+ 2 6 9 8 4 3 10 11 7 1 5
Access+ 4 10 9 2 1 7 5 6 8 3 11
Administrative Efficiency+ 1 6 11 6 9 2 4 5 8 3 10
Equity+ 7 9 10 6 2 8 5 3 4 1 11
Health Care Outcomes+ 1 9 5 8 6 7 3 2 4 10 11