Originally Posted by quantum
My dad is a Korean War vet with medical problems, and has had nothing but problems dealing with the VA. Not a good example to use. He's had to get local politicians involved to cut through all the BS and red tape.
LOL! That is so misinformed and flat out ignorant. Get your facts straight.
Thats why study after study the VA outperforms private healthcare in the USA in just about every measurable indicator of quality healthcare. Not only that but patient satisfaction at the VA exceeds that in the private sector.
Your father is the exception not the rule.
Are there waits? Sure, for non-urgent healthcare matters. But those who complain are typically those who do not have enough of a medical background to understand what is considered medically necessary and what is medically urgent vs elective.
When you consider the high quality of care at the VA and that its is done at a much lower cost/patient you will understand why the VA should be a model for what a basic govt provided/tax payer paid insurance offered to all should look like. If you want a cadillac insurance that wastes money people should have that option but pay for it themselves.
For the misinformed I suggest you read Phil Longman's Book, Best Care Anywhere: Why VA Healthcare is Better than Yours.
For those who prefer to remain ignorant and spout off nonsense about how the current state of private healthcare is the best dont bother.