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01/22/2014 04:35 am ET | Updated Jan 24, 2014

Dr. Toby Cosgrove: Health Care Problems Are The Same Everywhere

Dr. Toby Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, sat down with HuffPost Live at Davos on Wednesday to discuss health care problems around the world.

Cosgrove said "health care's got huge problems, and the problems are just about the same every place."

"Every country that I'm in is concerned about the rising cost of health care and how it affects all the other demands," Cosgrove said.

Cosgrove touched on innovation in health care, saying it takes time for new practices to be available to the masses.

"A lot of new technologies come along and when it's recognized that it's good, it is 13 years on average before it becomes standard practice," Cosgrove said.

Cosgrove said there's a reasonable explanation for that: "the stakes are pretty high." He said physicians want to practice something they're comfortable with, so they train for a long time and are "conservative" with implementing new technologies.

Cosgrove said major developments in health care are often kicked off by simply talking about an issue.

"Once you start the conversation, then you can begin to deal with it," Cosgrove said.

Cosgrove cited obesity as an example.

"Five years ago, you couldn't talk about obesity," Cosgrove said, saying it was "taboo" to bring up the issue. "But now, in, for example, the United States, you talk about this, and you realize that this is not a social issue as much as it is a medical issue."

Watch a clip of Cosgrove's interview above, and see live updates from Davos below:

01/25/2014 10:07 AM EST

Bill Gates Discusses The Hyper-Connectivity Concern

01/25/2014 10:06 AM EST

Polman's View On Work/Life Balance

"We are very fortunate to do what we like to do... so I get a lot of energy out of what I do," Polman said.

"I don't personally believe in work/life balance," Polman said, adding that he hopes to have a happy life balance that includes his work.

"We have to watch what we do, I like to run so I do that every day, and increasingly watch what you eat and maintain your health a little bit," Polman said.

01/25/2014 10:00 AM EST

'We Have A Moral Obligation'

"I think we have a moral obligation to use what is given to us for the benefit of all," Polman said.

"We have no rights to exclude people," Polman said.

01/25/2014 9:59 AM EST

Statue Of Responsibility

"I always say when they built the Statue of Liberty on the east coast of the United States, they forgot to build the Statue of Responsibility on the west coast," Polman said.

01/25/2014 9:56 AM EST

'We Really Need To Move Into Reaction Mode'

"I think people are starting to discover that we really need to move into reaction mode," Polman said.

Polman said the political process has become "incredibly difficult" and is riddled with "poor agreements."

"There is some progress but frankly, not fast enough, and the business community can not wait," Polman said.

"There is more of an urge from responsible business... to drive to action," Polman added.

01/25/2014 9:55 AM EST

'There Is An Enormous Demand On Food'

"Obviously as the population grows with the changing dietary habits, there is an enormous demand on food," Polman said.

Polman said he's worked to find sustainable solutions to food production.

01/25/2014 9:52 AM EST

'There's An Enormous Pressure On The CEO Of Today'

Arianna sat down with Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, on HuffPost Live at Davos on Saturday to talk about pressure in business.

"There's a lot of pressure on the short-term," Polman said.

"There's an enormous pressure on the CEO of today," Polman added.

Polman said "the real purpose of business is to serve society," not to cater to the shareholder, but often the latter is what CEOs are focused on because of pressure.

01/25/2014 9:22 AM EST

Al Gore: 'We Need To Put A Price On Denial In Politics'

01/25/2014 8:49 AM EST

Brad Smith On Unplugging

Smith said he unplugs by getting outside and learning new things by doing things like reading.

"To me, that's a real joy," Smith said.

01/25/2014 8:45 AM EST

Relationship Between Business And Government

Smith said the relationship between business and government has a few different dimensions that usually exist at the same time.

"The government defines the laws and we comply with them," Smith said. "There may be times we think the government goes too far and we challenge them... there are times when we work together. There are times when the government is our customer."

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