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Comparing the United States and United Kingdom: contrasts and correspondences

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 October 2012

Rudolf Klein*
Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, Bath University, Bath, UK
*Correspondence to: Professor Rudolf Klein, 12A Laurier Road, London NW5 1SG, UK. Email:


The conventionally antithetical stereotypes of the United Kingdom and United States health care systems needs to be modified in the case of the elderly. Relative to the rest of the population, the over-65s in the United States are more satisfied with their medical care than their UK counterparts. There is also much common ground: shared worries about the quality of elderly care and similar attitudes towards assisted death. Comparison is further complicated by within country variations: comparative studies should take account of the fact that even seemingly polar models may have pools of similarity.

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