As a veteran who relies on the VA health care system, I’m concerned about its “significant and chronic failures.” However, I don’t believe that either of the fixes mentioned below will solve the problems. The best solution, in my opinion, is dismantling the current system and substituting a health care model that would allow each veteran to receive medical care at the private clinic of his or her choice. (Comment below if you agree or disagree.)
In the meantime, the debate between Democrats and Republicans continues while veterans suffer and even die under the current system:
A summary of the review by deputy White House chief of staff Rob Nabors says the Veterans Health Administration must be restructured and that a "corrosive culture" has hurt morale and affected the timeliness of health care. The review also found that a 14-day standard for scheduling veterans' medical appointments is unrealistic and that some employees manipulated the wait times so they would appear to be shorter.
The review is the latest blistering assessment of the VA in the wake of reports of patients dying while waiting for appointments and of treatment delays in VA facilities nationwide. The White House released a summary of the review following President Barack Obama's meeting Friday with Nabors and Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson.
The review offers a series of recommendations, including a need for more doctors, nurses and trained administrative staff. Those recommendations are likely to face skepticism among some congressional Republicans who have blamed the VA's problems on mismanagement, not lack of resources.