New Report Ranks US Healthcare Last On List Of High-Income Countries

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The New York-based Commonwealth Fund ranks the United States healthcare system as the worst out of 11 high-income countries.

In a time when Obamacare is endangered of being replaced with a less forgiving Trumpcare, a new report by the New York-based Commonwealth Fund has ranked the United States healthcare system as last out of 11 high-income countries.

The report — which measured care process, access, administrative efficiency, equity, and healthcare outcomes — found the U.S. spends the most on healthcare, yet its population's health is worse off than the other 10 countries, which included Switzerland, Sweden, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Norway, and Australia.

"Despite spending nearly twice as much as several other countries, the country's performance is lackluster," the report said.

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In particular, the United States had the worst performance in terms of affordability. 

The most pressing issues, according to the report, are the opioid crisis, age-related disabilities and chronic diseases, and midlife mortality for Americans with less education.

The top-ranking countries were the United Kingdom, which is home to the National Health Service, Australia, and the Netherlands. This is the second consecutive time the NHS has snagged the top spot, The Guardian reported.

Out of the other 10 countries, the U.S. is the only country without universal health insurance coverage, the report notes.

The report suggests for the U.S. to improve its organization and financing to achieve better healthcare system performance. However, with Trumpcare lingering on the horizon and Planned Parenthood and Medicaid at risk of being shut down, this better system may not be happening anytime soon..

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