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Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Four years ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs launched an ambitious initiative to cure all VA patients with chronic hepatitis C. Today, the department is more than three-quarters of the way, healing nearly 100,000 veterans of the virus, with 26,000 more to go.

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VA Hospitals Outperform Non–Veterans Hospitals in Most Health Care Markets

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Recent studies have reported that health care provided by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is at least as good as that provided in the private sector.

These studies tended to compare a representative sample of VHA patients or hospitals with a representative sample not in the VHA system, after adjusting for known differences that might cause misleading results.


VA healthcare is better than anything veterans can get in private healthcare.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-07-03 08:33 AM | Reply

Per the article ...

Today, the main medicines used by the VA to treat hepatitis C include Sovaldi and Mayvret, introduced to the market in 2017, an eight- to 12-week regimen that costs significantly less than other hepatitis C medications. A monthly supply of Mayvret before discounts is roughly $13,800, or $164 a pill.

The VA is so confident in the current available treatments for hepatitis C that it has begun offering patients needing organ transplants the option of receiving one that has tested positive for hepatitis C, followed by treatment for the virus.

Across the VA medical system, transplant centers are offering infected organs to VA patients desperate to get off transplant lists.

Navy veteran Jack Jones was treated two years ago for hepatitis C through the VA and recently was offered an infected kidney, which he accepted. After his transplant, he completed a treatment regimen for reinfection and is now back at home in Asheville, North Carolina. He no longer requires dialysis.

"I would recommend this, and the VA, to anyone," Jones said in a news release.

About 2.4 million Americans are infected with hepatitis C, with fewer than half aware that they have the infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Government run healthcare helping veterans that the private sector could never accomplish ... this is why veterans need to stay within the VA system for their healthcare.

All Americans should have access to this type of high quality healthcare that the VA provides to veterans.

And it's not like America can't afford it. We're the richest country ever, yet millions of Americans infected with Hepatitis C are going to suffer needlessly because of the politics and how money is spent as a nation.

#2 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-07-04 12:59 PM | Reply

My friend's dad just passed away from Hepatitis C he contracted from a blood transfusion while serving in Vietnam.

It was very sad.

The VA in Arizona just screwed with him until it was too late.

More proof that America doesn't actually care about its Vets.

They already served their purpose and the ruling class would prefer they all dropped dead.

#3 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-07-04 01:08 PM | Reply

The VA in Arizona just screwed with him until it was too late.

More proof that America doesn't actually care about its Vets.

They already served their purpose and the ruling class would prefer they all dropped dead.

#3 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK

There has to be a legitimate reason why he wasn't able to get a transplant.

#4 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-07-04 01:12 PM | Reply

He needed a liver transplant.

He was poor, and old. (And a trump voting republican)

He was a helicopter medic during Vietnam.

#5 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-07-04 01:17 PM | Reply

"My friend's dad just passed away from Hepatitis C he contracted from a blood transfusion while serving in Vietnam."

That's a long time to live with Hepatitis C.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-04 01:41 PM | Reply

That's a long time to live with Hepatitis C.

As in, "he should have died a long time ago", or as in, "how awful"?

Either way.

It happened.

#7 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-07-04 02:04 PM | Reply

As in, "he should have died a long time ago", or as in, "how awful"?

Either way.

It happened.

#7 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK

No one is disputing you saying your friend'a dad died from Hepatitis C.

I will dispute you saying that "the VA in Arizona just screwed with him until it was too late" ...

The VA has a $2 billion-a-year R & D budget that no University Hospital can come close to matching, and that the rest of American medicine relies on.

Every patient's situation will not be the same, and there will always be both medical and non-medical eligibilities involved.

The is VA working towards curing all veterans afflicted with Hepatitis C. This effort is being documented in the medical journals. It's real and it's happening. Sorry that it wasn't fast enough for your friend's father.

#8 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-07-04 04:28 PM | Reply

Hep-C is a death sentence. Five years tops. Reading....

#9 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-07-04 08:57 PM | Reply

I will dispute you saying

I'm relaying information I was told.

There's not going to be any inquiries to ascertain more information.

You'll have to live with your skepticism.

#10 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-07-05 02:00 PM | Reply

Sorry that it wasn't fast enough for your friend's father.

Me too. It was very depressing.

#11 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-07-05 02:00 PM | Reply

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