Across the globe, health care policymakers face mounting pressure to lower costs while improving the quality and safety of care. The U.S. can learn a lot by examining other health systems, their performance in relation to ours, and their health care delivery and payment innovations. This site presents profiles of the health care systems in 18 countries. Download the full report.
Health System Features
Compare the features of international health systems, including health insurance, public and private financing, health system organization and governance, health care quality and coordination, disparities, efficiency and integration, use of information technology and evidence-based practice, cost containment, and recent reforms and innovations.
Selected Health and System Statistics
Compare 18 countries on key health system characteristics and performance indicators, including overall health care spending, hospital spending and utilization, health care access, patient safety, care coordination, chronic care management, disease prevention, capacity for quality improvement, and public views.
Physician Survey Data
Views and Experiences of Primary Care Physicians in 11 Countries
The 2015 Commonwealth Fund International Survey of 11 nations found that nearly one-quarter of primary care physicians in the United States report they are not prepared to care for the sickest and frailest patients. The findings suggest the U.S. may need to do more to strengthen primary care and employ new ideas shown to be effective in other countries.