How US Healthcare Compares Internationally
The New York Times just released “Junior Doctors’ Strike in England Disrupts Care for Thousands“, an article covering the first strike by medical doctors in England in four decades. The strike disrupted care for thousands of patients on Tuesday, heightening tensions over the stewardship of a widely revered health system that has come under growing strain.
Tens of thousands of junior doctors, a term that covers medical professionals with as much as a decade of experience, were believed to have refused to work, providing only emergency coverage because of a dispute over pay and working conditions, notably weekend shifts.…For doctors who can build a practice, the American system might be a better way to make money. In Britain, more doctors have the stability of government-guaranteed work, though they might chafe at the administrative strictures. Whatever the comparison between physician satisfaction, the British system is well regarded internationally.
A 2013 survey of 11 industrialized nations by the Commonwealth Fund, a nonpartisan health policy research group in the United States, ranked Britain No. 1 over all and at the top in categories including quality of care, patient access and efficiency. The 2013 Commonwealth Fund survey organization was done by Social Science Research Solutions (SSRS) and contractors in each country.