The Commonwealth Fund, which each year compares the U.S. system to those of other countries, has found serious shortcomings in the American way of health care. Among other things the study concludes that "The U.S. health system is the most expensive in the world, but comparative analyses consistently show the United States underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance," including quality, access, efficiency, equity, and healthy lives. "Among the six nations studied—Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States—the U.S. ranks last." The study provides a great deal of detail.
Source: "The World's Best Health Care—Really?: John McCain's campaign canard," by Trudy Lieberman. Columbia Journalism Review. May 8, 2008.