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About This Site

This site presents overviews of the health care systems of Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. Each overview covers 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. In addition, the site provides summary data on a number of 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. The site also features results from the latest Commonwealth Fund International Survey of Primary Care Physicians.

The site is an online companion to the Commonwealth Fund's annual International Profiles of Health Care Systems report.

Download the full report [PDF]

Physician Survey Methodology

Sample: Representative random samples of primary care physicians

Data Collection Methods: Online, mail, and telephone

Survey Dates: March 3, 2015 – November 11, 2015

Survey Organizations/Partners: SSRS and contractors in each country. The Commonwealth Fund provided core support, with cofounding from the German Federal Ministry of Health and the German National Institute for Quality and Patient Safety; Haute Authorité de Santé, Caisse Nationale de l’Assurance Maladie des Travailleurs Salariés (France); Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport, and the Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare at Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands); Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services; Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and the Swedish Agency for Health and Care Services Analysis; and the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. Support to expand samples was provided by the New South Wales Bureau of Health Information (Australia); the Canadian Institute for Health Information, Health Quality Ontario, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Quebec Health Commission, Canada Health Infoway; and the Health Foundation of the United Kingdom.

About The Commonwealth Fund

The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that promotes a high performance health care system providing better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency. The Commonwealth Fund’s work focuses particularly on society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults. The foundation carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. An international program in health policy is designed to stimulate innovative policies and practices in the United States and other industrialized countries.