Veterans' Needs 'Should Drive Where They Get Their Care'

Kaiser Health News staff writer Mary Agnes Carey reports: “On Capitol Hill, lawmakers resume work this week to resolve differences over legislation aimed at alleviating long wait times for medical care at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics after reports that some veterans may have died awaiting appointments and that some VA staff falsified records to cover up excessive wait times. Both the House and Senate have passed bills that would allow veterans to seek medical care outside of the VA system if they meet certain conditions, including living more than 40 miles from a VA medical facility.” Carey recent spoke with Dr. Kenneth Kizer, a former VA undersecretary for health, about the issue of the VA contracting with outside providers for medical care (Carey, 7/13). Read the edited transcript of that interview.

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