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National Profiles of Health Care Systems in 14 Countries

How does the U.S. health system compare to those in other countries? The Commonwealth Fund has published comparative profiles of the national health care systems in each of these countries:

  1. Australia
  2. Canada
  3. Denmark
  4. England
  5. France
  6. Germany
  7. Italy
  8. Japan
  9. Netherlands
  10. New Zealand
  11. Norway
  12. Sweden
  13. Switzerland
  14. United States

Each national profile covers these health system aspects:

  • Health insurance
  • Public and private financing
  • Health system organization and governance
  • Health care quality and coordination, disparities, efficiency, and integration
  • Use of information technology and evidence-based practice
  • Cost containment
  • Recent reforms and innovations

Summary tables are also available for quick comparisons among countries on health system characteristics and performance indicators.

Source: Thomson S and others, London School of Economics and Political Science. International profiles of health care systems, 2013. The Commonwealth Fund, Nov. 2013. http://www.commonwealthfund.org/~/media/files/publications/fund-report/2013/nov/1717_thomson_intl_profiles_hlt_care_sys_2013_v2.pdf

Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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