Commonwealth Fund: What Would Happen If Health Care in the U.S. Improved?

October 24, 2014

This summer, the Commonwealth Fund released a report, Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, 2014 Update: How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally, and found out of 11 countries, the U.S. came in dead last overall. As we pointed out before, this shouldn’t come as a shock, but is unfortunate all the same. But what if the U.S. would work to improve care to meet or exceed that of other countries?

As a follow-up to this report, the Commonwealth Fund built an interactive tool that gives insight to what effect improving the cost and quality would have on the U.S.

For example, if the U.S. health care spending level were at the same rate as the United Kingdom, it would save $1.7 trillion! Or, if it had the same rate of preventable deaths per year as France, 120,000 fewer deaths would take place.

Check out the tool and find the lives we could save and other opportunities that await us if we could improve quality and decrease the cost of our health care.