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Study Finds Americans Are Sick Of Their Confusing Healthcare System

The Commonwealth Fund has been studying the state of healthcare in the United States and ten other countries.

In a totally shocking development, the survey reveals Americans see their healthcare system as way too confusing and bureaucratic. Also, Americans are among the least likely in the world to go to the doctor because it costs too much.

The ten other countries in the Commonwealth Funds study are Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Among the findings:
One-third (33%) of U.S. adults went without recommended care, did not see a doctor when sick, or failed to fill prescriptions because of costs, compared with as few as 5% of adults in the United Kingdom and 6% in the Netherlands;

20% of U.S. adults had major problems paying medical bills, compared with 9% or less in all other countries;

31% of U.S. adults spend "a lot of time" dealing with insurance paperwork, disputes, having a claim denied by their insurer, or receiving less payment than expected. Only 13% of adults in Switzerland, 20% in the Netherlands, and 23% in Germany reported these concerns;

Nearly half (46%) of working-age U.S. adults with below-average incomes who were insured all year went without needed care;

80% of U.S. adults, 83% of German adults, and 82% of Swiss adults waited less than four weeks for a specialist appointment. U.K. (72%) and Dutch (70%) adults also reported prompt specialist access;

Only 57% of U.S. adults saw a doctor the same or next day when they were sick, compared with 70% of U.K. adults, 72% of Dutch adults, 78% of New Zealand adults, and 93% of Swiss adults.

Meanwhile, new Standard and Poor's Healthcare Economic Composite Index data out this morning reveal U.S. healthcare costs have increased 7.03% over the last 12 months, so Americans are going to keep putting off their doctor appointments, too.

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