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Health Care at the VA

Health Care at the VA Opinion VIEWPOINT Recommendations for Change The current controversy surrounding Veterans Affairs to stay true to its mission, “To care for him who shall have Faisal G. Bakaeen, MD Division of (VA) medical centers has reached national concern, with borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan,” it Cardiovascular Surgery, Congress enacting new law in a matter of weeks. Dis- needs to address all of the veterans’ concerns swiftly. Michael E. DeBakey turbing reports are emerging daily of VA facilities keep- Thefollowing10suggestionscouldhelpimprovethe Veterans Affairs ing double sets of appointment books, and a report re- care of veterans, create a work environment more con- Medical Center, Department of cently released from the Office of the Inspector General ducive to collaboration and teamwork, and develop a Cardiovascular Surgery, described one VA as claiming that its veteran patients’ more streamlined health care delivery system. Texas Heart Institute, average wait time for new appointments was 24 days, First, with the resignation of the US Secretary of Veter- Houston, Texas; and whereas the OIG found it to be 115 days. Of even greater Division of ans Affairs, the president should consider appointing an Cardiothoracic Surgery, concern were the 1700 veterans found to have http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2014 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2014.8054
pmid
24945974
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Abstract

Opinion VIEWPOINT Recommendations for Change The current controversy surrounding Veterans Affairs to stay true to its mission, “To care for him who shall have Faisal G. Bakaeen, MD Division of (VA) medical centers has reached national concern, with borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan,” it Cardiovascular Surgery, Congress enacting new law in a matter of weeks. Dis- needs to address all of the veterans’ concerns swiftly. Michael E. DeBakey turbing reports are emerging daily of VA facilities keep- Thefollowing10suggestionscouldhelpimprovethe Veterans Affairs ing double sets of appointment books, and a report re- care of veterans, create a work environment more con- Medical Center, Department of cently released from the Office of the Inspector General ducive to collaboration and teamwork, and develop a Cardiovascular Surgery, described one VA as claiming that its veteran patients’ more streamlined health care delivery system. Texas Heart Institute, average wait time for new appointments was 24 days, First, with the resignation of the US Secretary of Veter- Houston, Texas; and whereas the OIG found it to be 115 days. Of even greater Division of ans Affairs, the president should consider appointing an Cardiothoracic Surgery, concern were the 1700 veterans found to have

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Aug 6, 2014

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