E, Sarnak. D, Squires. D and Doty. M (2017) ‘Mirror, Mirror 2017: International Comparison Reflects Flaws and Opportunities for U.S. Health Care’, The Commonwealth Fund

According to a study by American researchers, Australia’s mixed public-private Healthcare System was ranked as second best in the developed world, trumped only by the United Kingdom.

The research suggests (Doty et al, 2017) that the United States spends more on health care than other ‘high-income’ countries however were struggling with severe adverse health outcomes including disabilities and disease, infant mortality and life expectancy.

In the analysis of the 11 high income countries, Australia performed well in the areas of ‘Care Process, Access, Administrative Efficiency and Health Care Outcomes’ however low on ‘equity’, that is the increasing out of pocket costs individuals are being met with.

Furthermore, research and developments are being carried out around the world, such as in Germany where a university is testing Alzheimer’s diagnosis on a phone program. And in Israel where the composition of a pill can be identified. It is called SCIO, ‘the first smartphone app for mass spectrometry’.

Australia’s Healthcare system is such that the population is covered under the public insurance plan Medicare which is funded through the revenue of tax payers. Although a substantial number of the population purchases private health insurance to deviate away from the public system.


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