A commission tasked by Congress with trying to fix the Veterans Health Administration has released a new report and they found there still are a lot of issues plaguing the VA.
As reported by CNN, the commissioners concluded:
America’s veterans deserve a better organized, high-performing health care system.
The report indicated the billions pumped in the VA since the wait-list scandal erupted two years ago have failed to relieve many of the problems in delivering health care to veterans. In some cases, the report points out where so-called improvements to the VA system may have actually made things worse.
The commission is comprised of 15-members and is made up mostly of health care professionals and veterans’ organization leaders.
When it comes to the report, it highlighted a variety of “deficiencies” that contribute to health care issues within the agency. They include: flawed governance, insufficient staffing, inadequate facilities, antiquated IT systems and inefficient use of employees.
The commission also criticized some changes that were implemented after the scandal, including the VA’s Choice Program. The system was set up in 2014 to alleviate wait times by enabling veterans experiencing month-long delays or more to seek private care. The report state the program has only “aggravated wait times and frustrated veterans” due to confusing eligibility requirements and conflicting processes for coordinating with health care providers.
What is the solution? The commission recommends establishing a “VHA Care System,” that would function as a network of VA, Department of Defense and VA-approved private healthcare providers available to all enrolled veterans.
Currently, a veteran must wait more than 30 days or live more than 40 miles from a VA facility in order to obtain private care through the VA. That would be scrapped under the commission’s proposal; instead veterans could choose from all primary-care providers in the system. Veterans could also choose from specialty-care providers in the system but would need a referral from their primary care doctor.
Enough is enough. It is time to stop neglecting the men and women who have fought and continue to do so to keep us free. This is the consequence of government run healthcare.