VA commission in care: Eliminate VA medical centers ;
(HealthDay) -A radical proposal has been suggested for the elimination of all veterans affairs (VA) medical centers and outpatient care centers over the next 20 years, floated by seven of the 15 members of the Commission for Attention VA, according to an article in Military Times .
The proposal states that the current VA health system does not meet the health needs of veterans and veterans should be able to get care from any provider who accepts Medicare payments or VA. To encourage doctors to participate, reimbursement rates would be 5 to 10 percent higher than Medicare. The recommendations reflect proposals submitted by the advocacy group Veterans Concerned Veterans for American in a reform plan VA health presented last year, which calls for the consolidation of medical services the VA under a non-profit organization , and attention to veterans in the private sector in a plan similar to the Federal Employees Health Benefits program.
Eight veterans organizations sent a letter to the president of the Commission of the proposed complaint. They expressed concern that the document was prepared and drafted without the participation of the other members of the Commission and without taking into account veterans who wanted to improve and expand the VA health care system.
“We look forward to working with the Commission to reach a consensus with good ideas to help you solve problems that VA has,” said Garry Augustine, executive director of Disabled American Veterans, according to Military Times . “We’re not trying to be obstructionist, we are trying to work with the Commission but are dead-set against to get rid of the VA.”.
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