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While the U.S. spends heavily on healthcare, a study faults the quality

New York Times, July 17, 2008

A study set to be released by the Commonwealth Fund highlights the stark contrast between what the United States spends on its health system and the quality of care it delivers, especially when compared with many other industrialized nations. The report shows that the United States spends more than twice as much on each person for healthcare as most other industrialized countries, but it has fallen to last place among those countries in preventing deaths through use of timely and effective medical care. The study assesses the United States on 37 healthcare measures, and finds little improvement since the last report.