Can Civilian Health Care Help Fix The...

Can Civilian Health Care Help Fix The VA? Congress Weighs In

There are 2 comments on the GPB.org story from Jun 4, 2014, titled Can Civilian Health Care Help Fix The VA? Congress Weighs In. In it, GPB.org reports that:

Sen. John McCain has long advocated a sort of voucher system in which veterans can get medical care "in the most efficient way possible."

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Viet Nam Veteran

Chillicothe, OH

#1 Jun 4, 2014
Why does there need to be any type of conditions on when and where a veterans can go to recieve healthcare? In order to recieve private healthcare do I really need to MOVE AWAY from my closest VA? Why should I have to wait for 30 days before "requesting" a voucher to recieve healthcare from someplace other than the VA? Why not just give every veteran a healthcare card that can be used any place and any time they choose? Don't veterans deserve the option to choose their healthcare provider just like every other citizen? Even illegal aliens have more choice than our veterans.

Veterans "service" organizations are out of step with the times. Trying to justify maintaining a broken VA Healthcare system just to guarantee a few "special" research projects points to the incompetance of the various veterans groups leadership. Just like the VA, it appears they are more concerned about their own ego based positions within their organization. When there is a need, there will always be specialized research and development available from the "for-profit" Universities and mega Healthcare providers. Saying that research would stop flys in the face of reality. Somebody tell me just ONE disease or other medical problem that is not being researched and treated. Most by multiple and competing groups. Even within the VA there are for-profit research groups being utilized at VA affiliated healthcare providers. Besides, reducing the VA's footprint in the medical community would free up more money for the private research faciliites.

By the way, I'm far less concerned about the "brick and mortor" commitment to provide healthcare than I am the QUALTITY of the healthcare I recieve.

GIVE ME A HEALTHCARE CARD AND LET ME CHOOSE BETWEEN THE VA AND FOR-PROFIT HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS. IF THE VA CANNOT COMPETE, CLOSE THEM UP.
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Rio Rancho, NM

#2 Jun 4, 2014
You can't even go to a non-VA emergency room and be assured payment if it's not for a 'service connected' issue. Car wreck-nope, cut yourself-nope, illness/infection-nope (unless its a combat wound). Most states only have 1 or 2 VA medical centers (NM has 1). Mine is a 4 hr drive, a long way with chest pains. Like obumbles told the seniors with obamacare, you don't need that surgery, take a pain pill.

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