Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry [a senior research analyst for Business Insider] posted a stimulating comparison between the American and French health-care systems. “From my outlook,” he writes, “there’s something that I haven’t seen discussed and yet seems striking to me: how similar the French and U.S. healthcare systems are. On its face, this seems like a preposterous notion: whenever the two are mentioned together, it’s to say that they’re polar opposites.”
The US health care system is the costliest in the world, but underperforms relative to many other industrialized nations, according to a study released Wednesday.The report by the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation focused on health, updated its comparison of the US medical care system to those in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Britain.The US system "ranks last or next-to-last on five dimensions of a high performance health system: quality, access, efficiency, equity, and healthy lives," the report said.
I wrote this a few months back for the Outlook section, but because of various scheduling issues, it never got published. But with Jon Cohn talking about the Dutch health-care system, and with risk adjustment and failed exchanges in the news, it seems worth posting. The basic story is that the Dutch run a health-care system that looks like a very sophisticated version of the Baucus plan. If we're going to rebuild in their image, we might want to take a closer look at what they've learned over the years.
Iceland's voters on Saturday resoundingly rejected a $5.3 billion plan to pay off Britain and the Netherlands for debts spawned by the collapse of an Icelandic Internet bank, according to initial results.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us