Aetna's Bertolini: 'We Can't Afford It'

Antiquated systems and out-of-control health care costs in the United States are not sustainable, according to the CEO of Aetna, one of the nation's largest health insurers. In the opening keynote at HIMSS14, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini painted a grim picture of U.S. health care plagued by inefficiency and waste. "It can't keep increasing. We can't afford it," he said. "It's unsustainable. Pretty soon it will consume all of our personal disposable income. Currently, today, employees are paying 41 percent of the health care dollar. And, if the trend line continues, in another three to five years employees will be paying more than half."

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