Containing health-care costs, promoting innovation, and the treatment of deadly diseases are among the "biggest" challenges the U.S. faces as it moves to broaden access to health care, Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky said on Thursday.
Speaking to CNBC's "Squawk Box" on the sidelines of an economic summit in New York, Gorsky said that "a conversation" about sustainable and affordable health care was needed to address major concerns that threaten to overwhelm the system.
Evidence suggests that health-care costs are soaring in the face of the implementation of a controversial national health-care bill. Still, Gorsky told CNBC that "In the short term, we have seen the cost curve start to bend a little bit." He added that an aging population was "clearly going to put increasing pressure on the system."