U.S. healthcare system gets low grades

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A new report from The Commonwealth Fund Commission that grades the current healthcare system does not give the United States a single high score. In fact, overall, the systems scored just 66 out of a possible 100 across 37 national indicators. According to the rating, if key areas (outcomes, quality, access, equity, and efficiency) were improved, an estimated 100,000 to 150,000 lives and $50 billion to $100 billion could be saved annually. Moreover, the United States ranks at the bottom among industrialized countries on healthy life expectancy at birth or age 60, and last on infant mortality.

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