The new director of the CDC, Tom Friedan, spoke to us about the CDC’s priorities and challenges and gave us some insight into health reform. He said we are closer than ever to changing the health care system. He discussed the 3 main challenges in doing this:
1) Expanding access – to the millions of uninsured.
2) Reducing cost – we spend $2.5 trillion per year – every $1 out of $6 goes towards health care.
3) Improving the health value for the health dollar – currently if a doctor doesn’t prevent illness, they make more money – the incentives are all wrong.