Berwick: I'm against rationing healthcare

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Dr. Donald Berwick, the new administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Monday said he is against rationing healthcare. His critics for the last several months have accused him of wanting to do just that.

Fighting unsustainable costs should not involve "withholding from us, or our neighbors, any care that helps" or "harming a hair on any patient's head,” The Washington Post reported. Berwick spoke to a conference hosted by America's Health Insurance Plans, the industry lobbying group.

Berwick told the group he has three objectives: better care for individuals; better care for groups of people, such as diabetics or the poor; and reducing per capita costs by eliminating waste and duplication. He did not take questions from reporters, the Post reported.