Fixing the Veteran's Healthcare Mess

June 4, 2014 2:00 PM

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Fixing the Veteran's Healthcare Mess

What went wrong with our Veteran’s health care system? It comes down to two main culprits – first, the system was asked to do too much, and second, incentives put in place to make the system perform better backfired. In this post, I address the stresses in the Veterans Health Administration, how the incentives backfired, and ways to help get the VA health care system back on track.

The VHA has a tall order – to care for all our eligible veterans. The eligibility criteria are very generous. In the “old days” of the VHA, before President Clinton, many of those eligible for care wouldn’t use the system – the care was considered sub-optimal. Through reforms implemented during the ...

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