November 18, 2015

VA looks to revamp private care for veterans in ambitious plan

Featuring Phillip Carter

Source: The Washington Post

Journalist Lisa Rein

The Department of Veterans Affairs will unveil a wide-reaching plan to Congress Wednesday to merge its unwieldy networks of private doctors, an acknowledgement that the government cannot address a surging demand from veterans for medical care alone.

The goal of the New Veterans Choice Program, which would combine seven of the agency’s existing private health-care arrangements into a single system, is to eliminate gaps in care created by a tangled bureaucracy that has inadvertently impeded rather than broadened veterans’ access to care.

“All of these programs have been layered on top of each other without someone saying, ‘How do we rationalize them?'” VA Secretary Robert McDonald said in an interview.

Read the full article at The Washington Post.

  • Phillip Carter

    Senior Fellow and Director, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Phillip Carter is Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security.  His research focuses on issues facing v...