It’s a question that has plagued many health systems across the country as more people struggle with chronic conditions such as cancer and heart disease.
But with fewer and fewer people in need of expensive tests and treatments, some medical imaging companies are struggling to attract and retain talent, with some even dropping out of the market.
In a report released this week, the US government agency said it was looking at the issue, and asked medical imaging vendors to look at how to improve their products to keep pace with the rising costs.
A recent survey of nearly 200 top US health system executives showed the average salary of a physician was about $180,000 in 2016, up about $2,500 from last year.
The report noted that a major challenge for the US is that about two-thirds of the nations physicians are on the payroll of private companies.
“It’s time to re-examine how we are spending our healthcare dollars, to reorient healthcare to the health of our patients and to be mindful of how to spend healthcare dollars in the most cost-effective way,” the report said.
“We should be thinking about how to maximize our economic return on healthcare investments while also maintaining the quality and efficiency of healthcare services for our patients.”
The agency said that, as a result, it had proposed reforms to the US Medicare system, the Veterans Health Administration and the Medicaid system, which covers people with disabilities.
The agency called for better data sharing between the government and providers to provide a more accurate picture of the health needs of patients, the report noted.
The government said it would also introduce new federal funding incentives for providers to improve performance, as well as incentives for them to spend more time working with patients and providing more value to their patients.
The US government has also been making strides in the healthcare sector, with a $1.2bn (£1.1bn) funding programme for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which oversees the healthcare system, and a $3.3bn (£2.4bn) initiative to expand access to care through a national medical imaging program.
It said it had also been working with the private sector to improve access to medical imaging, which it said would create more jobs in the health industry.
In addition, the agency said in its report that the government had made “significant investments” in the medical imaging sector, which was “encouraging private sector participation in healthcare delivery”.
The government, however, has not released data on how many US hospitals have access to this high-tech medical imaging equipment.
In its report, the CDC also recommended that states consider using private insurers for patient care, in addition to state Medicaid programs.
It also said that state Medicaid funding should be made more flexible, and that providers should be allowed to use their own networks for the testing of patients.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, however said that it would be inappropriate for the agency to comment on individual cases.
“The CDC does not provide specific recommendations on health care delivery systems, and the Department is working with state and federal partners to improve the healthcare delivery system and health care system delivery, including using private health insurance,” she said in a statement.
The Trump administration has not yet made any significant changes to the healthcare systems.
But the report came as some of the US’s leading medical technology companies have announced plans to sell their healthcare equipment to hospitals.
Alphabet’s Waymo subsidiary is moving its headquarters to San Francisco, where it is building a $10bn headquarters for its self-driving cars project.
Microsoft and Apple are also moving their medical imaging businesses to California, where they have invested millions of dollars in healthcare technology.
The report comes after the government also announced plans this week to give $3bn to a new healthcare system called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
The plan would fund health care infrastructure and training programs, as long as they were developed in conjunction with the federal government.
ARRA will create a new $2bn fund for the first time since 2009, the Federal Reserve said in an announcement on Wednesday.
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