Commonwealth Fund July 30, 2020
Eric C. Schneider, M.D.


The United States pays more for health care than any other nation yet has worse health outcomes than other high-income countries

The U.S. health care system has many challenges that can be addressed through sound health policies

The Issue

The United States spends more per person on health care than any other nation yet has lower life expectancy, greater lags in childhood health, and more avoidable deaths than other high-income countries. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the health system’s weaknesses. Health policy plays a crucial role in shaping every nation’s health care system and creating opportunities for improvement.

The Challenges

  • Quality: Quality of care in the U.S. is worse than in many other high-income countries. The U.S....