Comments on: To help injured veterans, bring in private sector help http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/05/23/to-help-injured-veterans-bring-in-private-sector-help/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: 2Borknot2B http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/05/23/to-help-injured-veterans-bring-in-private-sector-help/#comment-86320 Mon, 26 May 2014 18:10:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=31259#comment-86320 UNIVERSAL SINLGE PAYER = NO NEED FOR THE VA. PRIVATIZATION IS NOT THE ANSWER, NO WAY NO HOW IS THAT OK. FEEDING INTO MORE OF THE SAME IS UNACCEPTABLE. L.

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By: tmc http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/05/23/to-help-injured-veterans-bring-in-private-sector-help/#comment-86318 Mon, 26 May 2014 16:23:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=31259#comment-86318 Note: I am a veteran too.

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By: tmc http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/05/23/to-help-injured-veterans-bring-in-private-sector-help/#comment-86317 Mon, 26 May 2014 15:35:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=31259#comment-86317 I agree with @bryanric, as long as we have health coverage for all, then we do not need the uber expensive VA. The government can pay veterans premiums and copays instead. Even provide a serve to help them get insurance.

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By: bryanric http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/05/23/to-help-injured-veterans-bring-in-private-sector-help/#comment-86300 Sat, 24 May 2014 04:18:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=31259#comment-86300 I agree with edgyinchina, but would go further and into more detail. With the Affordable Care Act at least partially in place, we should start moving toward eliminating the VA and integrating ALL the services into the same system as the rest of us use. We’d still pay for their treatment costs, like in the VA, but the veterans would be visiting the same hospitals as everyone else. Seeing their neighbors perhaps or friends. There is no reason to continue to have two parallel systems in order to provide quality care to our vets. I think our vet would get better and faster care this way.

Besides the cost savings of having one system instead of two systems running in parallel, there would be the benefit of all walks of life socializing with the vets in the waiting rooms. Non-vets would have the opportunity to learn what our vets have to go through, and the vets might receive emotional support; this time from a different source.

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By: edgyinchina http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/05/23/to-help-injured-veterans-bring-in-private-sector-help/#comment-86294 Fri, 23 May 2014 23:26:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=31259#comment-86294 The only problem with this ‘Op-Ed’ piece, is that it doesn’t go far enough. Yes, the guys with PTSD and TBI are badly in need of care, but so are many who received other combat related wounds. Getting accepted at a VA facility is a crap shoot at best. Under strict orders to deny as many veterans as possible, these budget depraved administrators will do anything to keep benefits from vets… Its a system wide problem, and always has been.

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By: MasterBlaster74 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/05/23/to-help-injured-veterans-bring-in-private-sector-help/#comment-86289 Fri, 23 May 2014 21:50:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=31259#comment-86289 From the article…

Any veteran qualifying for treatment of PTSD or TBI should immediately have the option of seeking therapy within the VA system or outside — with the government footing the bill either way. Doing so will spark innovation and healthy competition that will lead to better care for our nation’s wounded…

We’ve heard this same privatization argument before. While I totally agree that the current VA system is not providing the best care for veterans, I do not agree that allowing them unfettered private healthcare will necessarily lead to “healthy competition”. True, private healthcare providers will flock to the new cashcow – treatment for veterans at maximum price since the government will be “footing the bill either way”.

My suggestions is to automatically enroll veterans in a Vet Medicare program rather than using an individual voucher system. At least that will provide better prices for the treatment.

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By: Sydney.Kotic http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/05/23/to-help-injured-veterans-bring-in-private-sector-help/#comment-86287 Fri, 23 May 2014 20:26:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=31259#comment-86287 1. Evil career “gubmint bureaokrats”.
2. Private industry will save the day.

Nope, never heard this chant before. Personally I think we should privatize Social Security since, not unlike the folks who pushed that idea last time, I’m not using it.

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By: Alljack http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/05/23/to-help-injured-veterans-bring-in-private-sector-help/#comment-86284 Fri, 23 May 2014 18:14:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=31259#comment-86284 Conservatives will use problems at the Veterans Administration to promote their ideologies, regardless of the disconnect between their solutions and the actual problems. The current issue is that backlogs of eligibility determination are slowing the entrance of needy vets into the VA health care system. Mr. O’Hanlon ignores this centrality because privatizing veteran’s care offers no solutions to this.

When asked if they would use a VA medical center the next time they need inpatient or outpatient care, veterans in the 2013 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) survey overwhelmingly indicated that they would (96 and 95 percent, respectively). These approval ratings are higher than any of the private health care systems which Mr.O’Hanlon champions.

VA hospitals and clinics have by far the most experience in treating veteran-specific injuries such as occur in combat. To assert that they would get equal or superior care in the local storefront clinic or small town hospital is absurd on its face. Beware the proscriptions of ideologues.

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By: emm305 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/05/23/to-help-injured-veterans-bring-in-private-sector-help/#comment-86281 Fri, 23 May 2014 14:57:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=31259#comment-86281 I just read “Most veterans hospitals — at least 124 of the 151 — are affiliated with medical schools” at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/22/us/pol itics/history-and-context-of-an-embattle d-department-of-veterans-affairs.html?ac tion=click&contentCollection=U.S.&module =RelatedCoverage&region=Marginalia&pgtyp e=article

I wonder what else is off the mark in this Reuters op-ed?

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