Chicago: Americans are more likely than people in 10 other countries to have trouble getting medical treatment because of insurance restrictions or cost, an international survey of primary care doctors released on Wednesday found.
The survey of more than 10,000 primary care doctors in 11 developed countries -- Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom -- found problems in all of them.In the United States, cost and access to care stood out as a major challenge for primary care doctors."The majority of U.S. doctors -- some 58 percent -- say their patients often have difficulty paying for medications and other medical care, by far the highest rate in the survey," Cathy Schoen of the Commonwealth Fund, whose study appears in the journal Health Affairs, told the briefing. Bureau Report
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