The Veterans Health Administration is the largest healthcare organization in the country if not the world. According to the VA:
The mission of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is “to serve the needs of America’s veterans by providing primary care, specialized care, and related medical and social support services.”
The VHA does not have another mission. There is no other agency or organization with that mission. Can the VA be trusted with veteran’s healthcare?
We hear of scandal after scandal at one VA facility after another. Veterans wait months for an appointment. We hear about veterans dying waiting to get care. We even hear about veterans dying on VA property and not being found for hours. The veteran suicide rate is reported to be through the roof. Veterans have killed themselves on VA property. What’s going on?
Some veterans and politicians have asked to privatize the VA or to allow veterans to get their wherever they want. Veteran’s organizations fight back and support the VA system of care. All our nation’s veteran’s organizations support the continued availability of VA provided healthcare. They argue that privatizing veteran’s healthcare will dilute it and not provide the expertise of many treatment programs available only in VA facilities. The consistency of access to experts in veteran’s care would be lost. The VA is a significant provider of training for virtually every medical specialty. Our entire nation would suffer without it.
The decision about using the VA as a sole or primary source of healthcare is each veteran’s decision. Many veterans do not have a choice. Many veterans don’t have the financial option to get their healthcare anywhere else. Veterans must continue to depend on the VA to provide the best healthcare available and the government and veteran’s organizations to hold them accountable. There are many individuals, organizations, and political advocates fighting every day to insure the VA is there to provide the best care for our veterans. Should you have difficulty accessing your benefits or getting the healthcare or services you have earned, contact our experienced legal team for assistance.