A new seven-nation survey has just been released by The Commonwealth Fund. It shows that U.S. adults were the most likely to say they experienced medical errors, more likely to report they went without care because of the cost, and more likely to feel the health care system needs to be rebuilt completely. The results, are published in the journal Health Affairs.
The article, Higher-Performance Health Systems: Adults' Health Care Experiences in Seven Countries, 2007, also shows that
The survey was conducted among 12,000 adults in
Commonwealth Fund Senior Vice President Cathy Schoen, the lead author of the study, said "Patients in the
The survey also examined the experiences of adults who have a "medical home", which was defined in this study as a regular source of care that is accessible and helps coordinate their care. Across all seven countries, only about half to 60 percent of the adults reported having such a relationship with a health care provider. In each of the countries in the survey, those adults who did have a medical home reported a significantly more positive care experience.
Food for thought as we discuss how to improve our system!