Reforming Veterans Health Care: Now and for the Future
Since 2014, investigations of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) have revealed glaring issues with the Administration’s policies and practices, including excessively long wait times and secret waitlists for health care at hundreds of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. A report from a VA whistleblower shows that as many as 238,000 veterans may have passed away before receiving care.
The VA health care delivery system is in need of comprehensive reform to ensure that America’s veterans receive quality, timely, and affordable health care. The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, enacted to address some of the access and accountability issues, sadly has fallen short. The VA now needs to follow through on measures to correct current access problems and pursue a comprehensive reassessment and fundamental reform for the long term.