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ther care, the survey found.

Health care advocates say greater use of electronic records would improve patient care, curb unnecessary tests, reduce errors and cut paperwork. 28 percent of U.S. primary care doctors said that they used such records, compared with 98 percent in the Netherlands, 92 percent in New Zealand, 89 percent in the United Kingdom, 79 percent in Australia and 42 percent in Germany. Only Canada ranked lower, at 23 percent.

It was also seen that twenty-three percent of U.S. physicians said they had a computerized system to alert them to a potential problem with a drug dose or interaction. Physicians in most other countries reported using such systems. The Netherlands was highest at 93 percent. The United States and Canada also ranked lower than the others in use of computerized systems to remind patients to get follow-up care or to remind doctors to give patients test results.

Although most policymakers say physicians should be rewarded for the quality, instead of only volume, of services only 30 percent of U.S. doctors said they have financial incentives to improve the quality of the care they provide. However in the United Kingdom 95 percent of doctors said they received such incentives. The survey revealed United States to be the last.
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