One of the most common criticisms of the 2010 health care reform law is that it doesn’t do enough to reduce health care costs. Richard Gilfillan, MD, however, begs to differ.
Explore this issue:March 2011
Dr. Gilfillan is acting director of the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, which was created under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to test and disseminate new models of health care delivery and payment that reduce costs while improving quality. “The Center for Innovation is a giant ball of potential energy for change in the health care system,” Dr. Gilfillan said at a December 2010 conference held by the journal Health Affairs.
Waste accounts for about 30 percent of health care spending, Dr. Gilfillan said. The center’s goal is to find ways to take those dollars and redistribute them into new models that meet the twin goals of lower costs and higher quality. The current health care system is “unsustainable,” he said. “We all know it.”