Healthcare in the United States is provided by both public and private sector hospitals and allied facilities. The private sector dominates healthcare – about 62% of all hospitals are non-profit. The government is the owner of 20% of the country's healthcare facilities. Approximately 18% of the total numbers of US hospitals are for-profit entities.
According to statistics published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the number of practicing doctors in the United States is 2.4 per 1,000 compared to the OECD average of 3.1. The number of General Practitioners (GPs) is 0.3 in contrast to OECD's 1.23. Positive news comes in the number of specialists per 1,000; the US ranks favorably with 2.1, while other OECD nations show an average of 1.93.
Furthermore, eight of the top 10 medical advances of the past 20 years were developed in the U.S. More Americans have been awarded the Nobel Prizes in Medicine and Physiology, as compared to researchers from all other countries combined. Remark
: The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international economic group comprised of 34 nations, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Solvak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, and United States.
Quality of Healthcare
In the international arena, US hospitals often rank highly in specialty healthcare. Approximately 147 hospitals earned a ranking by U.S News for a minimum of one specialty. For example, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center achieved first rank in cancer treatment. In rankings related to Cardiology and Heart Surgery, The Cleveland Clinic topped the list. In Orthopedics, the Hospital for Special Surgery took the honors.
The United States has an outstanding health care system. It shows consistent superiority over other nations in the quality of treatment. The North American nation is responsible for major advances in technology related to healthcare and the latest treatments are available in both large as well as small communities throughout the United States'.
A number of US cities are home to the best hospitals in the world. According to the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals ranking, the top 5 cities with the best hospitals in the country include New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Washington D.C. (ranked by order).
According to the report, the best hospitals in the United States that score near the top in at least 6 out of 16 medical specializations are:
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York
UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
NYU Langone Medical Center, New York
Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis
IU Health Academic Health Center, Indianapolis
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia
University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland
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