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1 On the Front Line: Primary Care Doctors’ Experiences in Eleven Countries Findings from the Commonwealth Fund 2012 International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians and Health Affairs article, Nov Webinar: February 5, 2013 Cathy Schoen Senior Vice President, The Commonwealth Fund

2 Key Findings 2 HIT: U.S. doctors use of health information technology up sharply, yet continues to lag leading countries Swiss physicians least likely to use EMRs Access: U.S. doctors report patients have difficulty paying for care, and that coverage restrictions poses a major time concern Dutch and U.K. doctors have high rates of after-hours care Swiss doctors report patients have easy access to specialized care All countries struggle with communication and teamwork across health care systems Wide country variation in doctors’ access to information on their performance Findings point to importance of reforms to support primary care and teamwork, with information exchange 2012 survey: 9,776 primary care physicians: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K., and U.S.

3 3 Health Spending per Capita, 2010 Adjusted for Differences in Cost of Living * Source: OECD Health Data % GDP Dollars

4 4 Source: 2009 and 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians. Percent Doctors’ Use of Electronic Medical Records in Their Practice, 2009 and 2012

5 5 Note: Multifunctional health IT capacity—uses electronic medical record and at least two electronic functions: for order entry management, generating patient information, generating panel information, and routine clinical decision support. Percent Doctors with Electronic Medical Records and Multifunctional Health IT Capacity Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.

6 6 Percent Doctor Can Electronically Exchange Patient Summaries and Test Results with Doctors Outside their Practice Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.

7 7 Doctors’ Perception of Patient Access Barriers Percent reporting their patients OFTEN have: AUSCANFRGERNETHNZNORSWESWIZUKUS Difficulty paying out-of-pocket costs Difficulty getting diagnostic tests Long waits to see a specialist Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.

8 8 Percent Practice Has Arrangement for Patients’ After-Hours Care to See Doctor or Nurse * In Norway, respondents were asked whether there practice has arrangements or if there are regional arrangements. Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.

9 9 Percent of doctors responding almost all patients (>80%) can get a same- or next-day appointment when one is requested Almost All Patients Can Get Same- or Next-Day Appointment Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.

10 10 Electronic Access for Patients Percent reporting their practice allows patients to: AUSCANFRGERNETHNZNORSWESWIZUKUS Request appointments or referrals online Request refills for prescriptions online about medical question Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.

11 11 Percent Practice Uses Nurse Case Managers or Navigators for Patients with Serious Chronic Conditions Note: Question asked differently in France. Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.

12 12 Primary Care Doctors’ Receipt of Information from Specialists Percent said after their patient visits a specialist they always receive: AUSCANFRGERNETHNZNORSWESWIZUKUS Report with all relevant health information Information about changes to patient’s drugs or care plan Information that is timely and available when needed Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.

13 13 Percent After Hospital Discharge, Primary Care Doctor Receives Needed Information to Manage the Patient Within 48 Hours Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.

14 14 Practice Routinely Receives and Reviews Data on Patient Care Percent routinely receives and reviews data on: AUSCANFRGERNETHNZNORSWESWIZUKUS Clinical outcomes Patient satisfaction Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.

15 15 Percent Doctor Routinely Receives Data Comparing Practice’s Clinical Performance to Other Practices Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.

16 16 Insurance Restrictions on Medication or Treatment for Patients Pose Major Time Concerns for Doctors Percent saying amount of time physician or staff spend getting patients needed medications or treatment because of coverage restrictions is a MAJOR PROBLEM Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.

17 17 Percent Physician Satisfaction with Practicing Medicine Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.

18 18 Source: 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians. Percent Physician Views of the Health System: “System Works Well, Only Minor Changes Needed”

19 Cross-Cutting Themes and Implications 19 National policies make a difference for primary care practices Insurance design Support for practice infrastructure and information feedback Health IT is spreading, but differentially across countries Information exchange and alerts slowest to spread Feedback on performance is not yet routine in any country Opportunities to learn within and across countries Access varies widely: after hours, waits, and cost barriers New technology and shared after-hour services enhance access Gaps in communication across sites of care undermine care coordination and integration in all countries Primary care workforce with expanded team-work, including nurses, key to a high performing health system

20 2012 International Health Policy Survey: Description 20 Mail and phone survey of primary care physicians in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States Final samples 9,776 in 11 countries Australia (500), Canada (2,124), France (501), Germany (909), Netherlands (522), New Zealand (500), Norway (869), Sweden (1,314), Switzerland (1,025), United Kingdom (500), and United States (1,012) Survey in the field March to July 2012 (through September in Sweden) Conducted by Harris Interactive and country contractors Results published in Health Affairs C. Schoen, R. Osborn, D. Squires, et al. “A Survey of Primary Care Doctors in Ten Countries Shows Progress in Use of Health Information Technology, Less in Other Areas,” Nov. 15, 2012.

21 21 Acknowledgments and Cofunders Canada: Health Council of Canada, Health Quality Ontario, Quebec Health Commission, Health Quality Council of Alberta, Canada Health Infoway France: Haute Authorité de Santé (HAS), Caisse Nationale de l’Assurance Maladie des Travailleurs Salariés (CNAMTS) Germany: Federal Ministry of Health, German National Institute for Quality Measurement in Health Care Netherlands: Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, and Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare, Radboud University Nijmegen Norway: Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services Sweden: Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs Switzerland: Federal Office of Public Health, Swiss Medical Association


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