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(New York Times) – The Commonwealth Fund has been publishing surveys comparing health care in industrialized countries since 1998, a continuing report card in which the United States has usually fared poorly because of its high proportion of uninsured people.

But its latest report – an early anniversary tribute to Medicare, which turns 50 next year – focuses on those over 65, the one segment of the American population with nearly universal coverage and access to care.

So we should look better this time, right? Our seniors’ health care will make the honor roll, compared with Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom?

Well, no.

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