is a private oundation that promotes a high perormance health care system providing betteraccess, improved quality, and greater efciency. The Fund’s work ocuses particularly on society’s most vulnerable, includinglow-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improvehealth care practice and policy. An international program in health policy is designed to stimulate innovative policies andpractices in the United States and other industrialized countries.
The Commonwealth FundJune 2010
This publication presents overviews o the health care systems o 13countries—Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, theNetherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. Asummary table presents inormation on population, health care spending, number o physicians, hospital spending and utilization, use o health inormation technology,and number o potentially avoidable deaths. Each country summary providesinormation on insurance coverage and benefts, health system fnancing, delivery system organization, quality assurance mechanisms, eorts to improve efciency andcontrol costs, and recent innovations and reorms.To learn more about new publications when they become available, visit the Fund’s Website andregister to receive e-mail alerts. Commonwealth Fund pub. no. 1417.
of Health Care Systems
Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany,Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden,Switzerland, and the United States