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Ten-Country Primary Care Survey: Progress In Health IT, Less Elsewhere
Posted By Chris Fleming On November 15, 2012 @ 1:30 pm In Costs and Spending,Elsewhere@ Health Affairs,Global Health,Health IT,Health Professionals,Insurance and Coverage,Organization and Delivery
Redesigning primary care is an integral part of health reforms in the United States and elsewhere. A new study, released today as a Web First by Health Affairs , reports the results of a survey of primary care doctors in the United States and nine other countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
The survey, conducted between March and July 2012, found US and German physicians the most negative about their health care systems: only 15 percent of US and 22 percent of German practitioners thought their systems worked well. On the brighter side, the survey found that 69 percent of US doctors report the use of electronic health records, bringing use in the United States closer to the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Norway, all with near-universal capacity.
Other key survey findings:
“There are opportunities to learn from diverse efforts underway in the United States and other countries that are designed to achieve shared health reform goals,” conclude Cathy Schoen and her coauthors at the Commonwealth Fund and Harris Interactive. “Listening to doctors on the front lines of primary care can help identify gaps and target reforms of health systems.”
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