The elderly in five nations: The importance of universal coverage

Karen Donelan, Robert J. Blendon, Cathy Schoen, Katherine Binns, Robin Osborn, Karen Davis

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This paper reports 1999 survey results on the population age sixty-five and older in five nations - Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The majority of respondents were generally satisfied with the quality, affordability, and availability of health services in their nations. In many measures of access to and cost of care, the United States looks much like the other nations surveyed. However, as the elderly view their health systems, the direction they have taken in recent years with respect to caring for the elderly, and the future affordability of care in old age, U.S. respondents tended to be more pessimistic than were those in other nations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-235
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Affairs
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Health Policy

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Donelan, K., Blendon, R. J., Schoen, C., Binns, K., Osborn, R., & Davis, K. (2000). The elderly in five nations: The importance of universal coverage. Health Affairs, 19(3), 226-235.