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Panel weighs closing all VA health care

April 14, 2016

Thanks to Gordon Lau for sharing this article.

VA logoA blue-ribbon panel created to evaluate the Veterans Affairs health system is weighing a radical proposal to eliminate all VA medical centers and outpatient facilities in the next 20 years and transition 9 million veterans to the private sector for health care.

A 34-page “strawman document” floated last week by seven of 15 members of the VA Commission on Care calls for giving all veterans immediate access to private health services and closing VA health facilities gradually, starting with those that are obsolete or underutilized in a process similar to a base realignment and closure.

VA eventually would become “primarily a payer,” much like Medicare, under the proposal.

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