An interesting look at how Medicaid stacks up to healthcare for the generation of our parents and grandparents is present in this report by Robin Orsborn, et.al, for The Commonwealth Fund, published on November 7, 2014.
A survey of older people in 11 countries finds that U.S. adults are sicker than their counterparts abroad, as well as the most likely to have problems paying their medical bills and getting needed healthcare. U.S. adults also reported difficulty getting care in a timely fashion and using emergency departments for issues that a primary care physician could treat. Among the bright spots for the United States: having a care plan for chronic illness, and planning for end-of-life care.
Read the full story here: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/in-the-literature/2014/nov/International-Survey-of-Older-Adults