U.S. Healthcare Needs Universal Insurance Coverage

For the fifth consecutive time, U.S. healthcare has been scored last among the 11 developed nations measured in its latest review by the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation that supports research on healthcare and social issues. The 2014 survey includes data from four previous Commonwealth Fund health system scorecards, and from the World Health Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. U.S. healthcare scored as the most expensive, but came in last or near last in the categories of access, efficiency, equity, and, most significantly, outcomes. The review points out that the U.S. is the only industrialized country without universal health insurance coverage. In first place: the United Kingdom, with its National Health Service system. It’s time to develop the promise of  “Obamacare” into the comprehensive coverage Americans deserve.

John Howell, Editorial Director