In a 11-country survey of older adults, Americans turn out to be sicker

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A new survey was released November 19 as a Web First by Health Affairs, called “International Survey Of Older Adults Finds Shortcomings In Access, Coordination, And Patient-Centered Care” by Robin Osborn, Donald Moulds, David Squires, Michelle M. Doty, and Chloe Anderson. All authors are affiliated with The Commonwealth Fund in New York.

This study was supported by The Commonwealth Fund and also will appear in the December issue of Health Affairs.

The study surveyed 15,617 adults ages sixty-five and older in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Some other key findings:

– Only 57 percent of American respondents could get same-day or next-day medical appointments when sick. This was lower than many countries…

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