U.S. Health Care System
The findings are published in the November issue Health Affairs.
"This study provides stark evidence that the U.S. health care system has been failing Americans for years," Commonwealth Fund president Karen Davis, says in a news release. "The good news is that the Affordable Care Act will take significant steps to improve our health care system and the health of Americans by expanding health insurance, improving primary care, and holding health care organizations accountable for their patients' overall health."
The researchers say that the failure of the U.S. to make greater gains in survival rates despite its greater spending on health care may be attributable to flaws in the overall health care system, specifically the role of unregulated fee-for-service payments and an over-reliance on specialty care.