#6 | POSTED BY GOATMAN
I've already pointed out that the VA is short-staffed 40,000 doctors and nurses.
And speaking of doctors and nurses outside the VA, they of course do their best, however ...
Most Private Doctors Not Prepared to Treat Veterans
June 29, 2018
More than 800,000 veterans in New York find it difficult to get quality health care outside the VA, according to a study released in March by the RAND Corp.
In New York, VA operates 12 medical centers and 48 outpatient clinics, but only about half of the state's vets are enrolled in the VA system. And only 58 percent of those enrolled used the VA in 2015, according to the RAND report.
The authors conclude that these results mean "many" New York veterans are receiving health care in the community sector.
The RAND study shows that timely access to care is not the problem in New York " quite the contrary. Some 61 percent of surveyed providers reported that new patients would be seen within two weeks, while 45 percent said most patients could be seen the same day they call for an appointment.
The main problem, according to the report, is quality care. Only about 13 percent of surveyed medical providers said they had participated in formal training with regard to military and veteran culture. Of those who had not received formal training, less than half expressed an interest in receiving future training.
To determine the "readiness" of private doctors, researchers used seven questions. They asked physicians if they were:
- Currently accepting new patients.
- Prepared to deal with conditions common among veterans.
- Providing high-quality care to their patients.
- Screening for other conditions common among veterans.
- Accommodating patients with disabilities.
- Familiar with military culture.
- Screening patients to determine whether they are current or former members of the armed forces or family members of such a person.
Just 2.3 percent of providers met all of these criteria, the report revealed.
Goatman, you're a nice guy who served America honorably on active duty -- but the power of your personality cannot win this argument.
The Koch Brothers do everything they can to minimize the VA and steer veterans to private healthcare where they can then profit off them ... despite studies continually showing that VA healthcare is better for veterans.
If you like your non-VA pulmonologist, then that's good, but these are the facts.