This is a typical big-government move. In order to see the doctor a veteran wants, the doc and clinic must be subject to oversight by bureaucrats in Washington. They know that's too much hassle. So they just don't see veterans.
Vets were dying on waiting lists, and so the VA conducted studies to show how popular they were among some veterans.
No thanks. Choice for everyone, oversight or not. Might surprise you to know that my friendly neighborhood doctor is also concerned about my quality of care and has an oversight board also. But you don't want me to see him because your budget might be cut.
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It's not a typical big government move.
Those quality of care studies explaining that VA provides higher quality of care than the private sector are a very big deal. They mean something...
And they are meaningful to healthcare policy experts in the medical community because of the crucial role the VA has with American medicine, and they are meaningful to the Veteran Service Organizations like the American Legion and the VFW who want the best for all veterans.
Speaking of the VSOs, they also know that veterans overwhelmingly like their VA Healthcare and are against dismantling the VA.
The 2014 scandal was overblown. It was shown that those veterans at the Phoenix VA did not die due to lack of care. They died while either waiting to be scheduled for an appointment, or died before going to their next scheduled appointment -- that's how most people with chronic conditions, everywhere, die.
Per tbe article at the top of the thread ....
The scandals may come as less of a surprise than the fact that the VA actually enjoys widespread support among veterans.
Most who use its health care report a positive experience.
For example, 92 percent of veterans in a poll conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars reported that they would rather improve the VA system than dismantle it.
Independent assessmentshave found that VA health care outperforms comparable private facilities.
"The politicization of health care in the VA is frankly really unfair," said Nancy Schlichting, the retired CEO of the Henry Ford Health System, who chaired an independent commission to study the VA under the Obama administration.
"Noise gets out there based on very specific instances, but this is a very large system. If any health system in this country had the scrutiny the VA has, they'd have stories too."
Not much too add to that -- vets like the VA, and the reason that vets like the VA is because it's providing high quality care, which is backed up by study after study.