In this interview, Donald Berwick, M.D., former head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, discusses his vision for better American healthcare.
“Our nation is at a crossroads. The healthcare system we have simply cannot be sustained. What we spend on healthcare takes away precious resources for other parts of the economy and the national infrastructure. Instead of healthcare taking up 18% of our gross national product, I think we could get it down to 15% without any rationing and no harm to patients. That could happen by cutting the waste—and not vital healthcare needs—and by faithfully meeting the real needs of patients and families.”