A survey of older people in 11 countries finds that U.S. adults are sicker than their counterparts abroad, as well as the most likely to have problems paying their medical bills and getting needed healthcare. U.S. adults also reported difficulty getting care in a timely fashion and using emergency departments for issues that a primary care physician could treat.
Among the bright spots for the United States: having a care plan for chronic illness, and planning for end-of-life care.
Building on approaches such as the Chronic Care Model, which has been widely adopted around the world, countries are testing new ways to deliver care, moving services from institutions into the community and home, and empowering patients to manage their conditions with technology. Similarly, countries are using new payment systems, including risk sharing, shared savings models, and bundled payment, to foster better communication among providers, care coordination, and accountability.
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