MILITARY UPDATE COLUMN
Care commission shocker: The push to privatize VA health care
By Tom Philpott
Published: March 31, 2016
Backlash from veteran service organizations was swift. The American Legion noted that many commissioners are medical industry executives who stand to gain financially if VA care is privatized. Paralyzed Veterans of America said placing vets with special needs into private-sector care “is a death sentence” because community providers are minimally experienced to provide complex care over the lifetime of severely injured veterans.Seven of 15 outside health advisers appointed to recommend ways to improve veterans’ health services over the next two decades have proposed shutting down all Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers and outpatient services, and having its nine million enrollees get their medical care in the private sector.
The 34-page “straw man” document released by the congressionally created Commission on Care calls for an immediate halt to construction of new VA hospitals and clinics, and launch of a “BRAC-like process” to begin closing existing facilities. Shuttering the largest medical system in the country would leave the VA to be “primarily a payor” for the care veterans would receive from civilian community doctors and health facilities.
To entice these physicians and facilities to accept more veterans as patients, the straw man document proposes that VA reimbursement rates be set 5 or 10 percent higher than Medicare pays.
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Thursday, March 31, 2016
Congress Ready to Abandon Veterans To Private Healthcare!
Now maybe you'll understand why Congress has not fixed the problems with the VA. The only way to get what they wanted was to destroy the VA first by letting veterans suffer! VETERANS DESERVED BETTER FROM CONGRESS and the people who put these folks in office should be ashamed of themselves for letting it get this far!