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What is the iron triangle of health care?

The optimum health care system would be (1) High quality (2) Low cost and (3) provide broad access

How does the US compare to other industrialized countries in terms of average health care spending per capita?

All countries have increased spending between 1980 to 2012, US has increased at a much greater rate than other industrialized countries

How does access to health care in the US compare to other industrialized countries?

US has a much higher percentage of adults experiencing a cost-related access problem in the past year than other comparable industrialized countries



What percentage of the non-elderly were uninsured in the US in 2013? What areas had the highest numbers? Lowest?

15%; varies greatly by region: highest rates (18-23%) in NC, GA, FL, TX, NM, AZ, NV, WY and lowest rates (4-8%) in MA, MN, DE, HI

How does the US compare to other industrialized countries in terms of life expectancy at birth (2013)?

US lags behind other industrialized countries; US= 78.8, other European countries over 80

How does the US compare to other industrialized countries in terms of infant mortality rate per 1000 births (2013)?

US lags behind other countries; US=6.0 per 1,000, other European countries range 2.1-4.8


How does the US compare to other industrialized countries in terms of quality of medical care? (life expectancy and healthy life expectancy)

US is slipping further behind other industrialized countries on quality of medical care: out of 34 high-income OECD countries (w 1 being the best)--> For life expectancy: 20th in 1990, 27th in 2010; For healthy life expectancy: 14th in 1990, 26th in 2010

How does the US compare to other industrialized countries in terms of access when measured by the percentage of patients who waited less than 4 weeks for specialist appointment among adults age 65 and older?

US has the highest percentage of patients not having to wait to see a specialist; US=86% seen within 4 weeks, European countries range from 82-46%

How has the Affordable Care Act affected the uninsurance rate? Where has its effect been the greatest?

ACA is driving down the uninsurance rate (rapid decrease from mid-2013 to present); greatest effect among lower-income population (from around 45% in 2010 to 25% in 2015)

How does the US compare to other industrialized countries on breast cancer five-year relative survival rate (%)?

US has highest rate of breast cancer five-year relative survival rates; US=89%, other European countries range 88-82

How does the US compare to other industrialized countries on flu immunization rates among adults age 65 or older?

US is near the top for flu immunization rates, only UK is higher; UK 75.5, US 66.9, other European countries range 11.4-64.3

How does the US compare to other industrialized countries on cervical cancer screening rates?

US has highest rates of cervical cancer screening at 85, with European countries ranging from 37.7-78.3

On the broader measure of quality of health care sued by the WHO, OECD, etc., how does the US health care system compare?

Ranked 5th out of 11

What was the US average health care spending per capita in 2012?

8745