American adults continue to struggle with Healthcare

A study conducted by the Commonwealth Fund found that adults in the United States continue to struggle with affordable healthcare and its access. Researchers from 11 countries in the Commonwealth conducted telephonic surveys in Australia, France, The Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Germany, New Zealand Sweden and the United Kingdom. The surveyed were always done among adults aged 18 years and older.

Expense kills

The survey revealed that adults in the United States are more probable compared to 10 other nations to forgo healthcare due to expenses. About 33 percent of the US adults opted to go without any recommended care and did not consult a physician when a person fell sick. Many stopped taking prescription medicines due to high expenses. This statistic is a reduction from the earlier survey done in 2013. At that time it was 37 percent. In comparison, Europeans are in single digits. Only seven percent of those responded in the UK and eight percent in Sweden and Netherlands said they experienced the same when it came to affordability.

Among US adults who are chronically ill, about 14 percent said that they were not given the much needed support from healthcare providers when it came to managing their illnesses. This is twice the incidences reported from Australia, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and New Zealand. Healthcare in the United States were impressive only in a few areas. These include conversations with specialists concerning leading healthy lives and timely access when it came to specialists. The country also scored highly in planning of coordinated hospital discharges.

Healthcare access

About 50 percent of total US respondents said that access to healthcare was a problem on weekends. The same was reported to be in the evenings sans a visit to the emergency wing of hospitals and other comparable healthcare centers. In other countries, the percentage of adults facing the problem ranged from 40 percent to 64 percent. The lowest rate was 25 percent and it was clocked by the Netherlands. It is also seen that 24 percent of the French respondents and 19 percent of respondents from the United States were in more probability to say that the medical records or the test results were unavailable at time of the appointment. They can also say that duplicate tests were not ordered during the last two years. These problems were infrequent in other countries.

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