Commonwealth Fund Launches Resource for Exploring Health Care Around the World

The new website, http://international.commonwealthfund.org,  profiles the health care systems of 18 countries. Learn how care is delivered and financed, what’s being done to control costs, what new reforms and innovations have been introduced, and much more.

The 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.

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