The malcontent with our current healthcare system has been prevalent lately and the recent findings of The Commonwealth Fund are not going to improve morale, The Commonwealth Fund reports.
The evaluation in 2006 was scored as follows (scores are out of 100): Healthy Lives-75, Quality-72, Access-67, Efficiency-52, Equity-70, and overall the score was a 67. This year Healthy Lives is down to a 72, Quality a 71, Access is at 58, Efficiency has gone up to 53 and Equity has increases to 71. The overall score dropped from 67 to 65.
Even though the United States is the leading spender on healthcare we have fallen from 15th to the 19th and last place among the industrialized countries when it comes to deaths that could have been prevented.
Yet another issue is the fact that the number of uninsured or underinsured working adults has increased from 35 percent (in 2003) to 42 percent, or about 75 million Americans, and only half of all adults receive full preventive care. Another fairly large issue is the fact that rates have been increasing but coverage and access have decreased, which is not ideal to say the least.
The overall score isn’t representative of all of the healthcare facilities and some are impeccable whereas others fall even lower on the scale. According to The Commonwealth Fund if the United States improves as a whole on the key indicators, 100,000 lives and $100 billion could have been saved.
The Commonwealth Fund was created in April 2005 and its aim is to improve the delivery and financing of healthcare.
(The Commonwealth Fund, 7/17/08)

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