Cost Containment, Better Quality Of Care, And Patient Safety Essay

774 Words Nov 26th, 2016 4 Pages
Cost containment, better quality of care, and patient safety are the issues that the health care system has been focusing on more in the recent years. The U.S health care cost is much higher than other developed countries such as Sweden and the United Kingdom. In 2011, the U.S spent “$8,233” on health care per person, which is “two-and-a-half times” more than most developed countries in the world (Kana). However, despite the high expenditure on health care, the U.S does not have the best health care system and deliveries lower quality of care compared to other developed countries. In a study, the U.S was compared to ten developed countries, and the “U.S stands out for having the highest costs and lowest performance. Despite having the most expensive health care system, the United States ranks last overall among 11 industrialized countries on measures of healthy lives, access to care, health system quality, efficiency, and equity according to a new Commonwealth Fund report” (Davis). The same study was done in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2010, and the U.S continually stayed behind other countries (Davis). The main outcomes of the study indicate that on the healthy lives measure, the U.S ranks last on infant mortality and preventable death and second-to-last on healthy life expectancy at age 60. The U.S ranks last on access to care because of cost-related issues; more than 37% of U.S adults reported that they skipped a test or follow-up because of the costs. On the health care…

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