Regardless of what Congressional wastrels think, VA care is good. The system is overwhelmed with patients, and there is no way we can build enough hospitals to satisfy the need. Time to re-think the problem, and acknowledge the things the VA does right.
From a Rand 2004 Study
… the VA patients received significantly better care for depression, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension. The VA also performed consistently better across the spectrum of care, including screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up. The only exception to the pattern of better care in VA facilities was care for acute conditions, for which the two samples were similar.
The Story is from Chris Porter, MD