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he United States performed more poorly on indicators including asthma mortality rates and survival after kidney and liver transplants. The United States is the only country where asthma mortality rates have been increasing over time; they are now higher than in the United Kingdom and Australia. The survival rate after kidney transplant in the United States (83 percent) was 11 percentage points lower than in Canada, the country with the highest rate.One noteworthy pattern was in the United Kingdom. It scored the lowest in five of the nine survival rate indicators and highest in five of the eight avoidable event indicators. This means that the United Kingdom is exceptional at preventing avoidable health issues such as pertussis or hepatitis B, but has the lowest cancer survival rate of the five countries studied.

???Each country in our study has areas of care where it can learn from the other countries and areas where it could teach others. That tells us that there are opportunities for improvement in the quality of health care in all five countries. We hope our study will be expanded upon so that it can be used to judge overall health system performance around the world,??? Hussey said. He also noted that Americans were spending more on health care, but not receiving extra benefits or having better health care experiences.

Hussey, and colleague Gerard F. Anderson, PhD, a professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, also co-wrote a second article about Americans spending the most per capita on health care. In the article, which is also in the May/June issue of Health Affairs, they address why Americans pay much more for health care than their foreign counterparts. Dr. Anderson, Hussey and co-author Uwe E. Reinhardt, PhD, with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, found that the second-highest spending country, Switzerland, spent only 68 percent as much as the United States on health care per capita.???How Does The Quality of Care Compare In Five Countries??? was co-authored by Peter S. Hussey, Gerard F. Anderson, Robin Osborn, Colin Feek, Vivienne McLaughlin, John Millar and Arnold Epstein.

The study was supported by The Commonwealth Fund.

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