Americans Often Refuse Medical Care Because Of Its Cost – Part 1 of 3
Americans Often Refuse Medical Care Because Of Its Cost. Patients in the United States are more apt to to forgo medical care because of cost than residents of other developed countries, a unknown international survey finds. Compared with 10 other industrialized countries, the United States also has the highest out-of-pocket costs and the most complex health insurance, the authors say. “The 2010 measurement findings point to glaring gaps in the US health care system, where we fall far behind other countries on many measures of access, quality, efficiency and health outcomes,” Karen Davis, president of the Commonwealth Fund, which created the report, said during a Wednesday matinal press conference.
The report – How Health Insurance Design Affects Access to Care and Costs, By Income, in Eleven Countries – is published online Nov 18, 2010 in Health Affairs. “The US finished far more than $7500 per capita in 2008, more than twice what other countries assign that cover everyone, and is on a continued upward trend that is unsustainable. We are clearly not getting good value for the substantial resources we allot to health care”.