As a doctor, I saw warriors’ bravery from the bedside, and now I can end the inefficiency and scandal.
TheOldManSays this is the type of discussion that needs to take place concerning the abysmal mess that is the VA.
These disturbing findings, revealed in a report by the agency’s inspector general, confirm the urgency for VA reform. When it comes to veterans care, Americans are rightfully outraged, and can no longer be content with business as usual: We must seek — and our veterans deserve — real improvements that are bold and long-lasting.
“Today, while many committed leaders and servants toil at the VA, its performance is marred by incompetence and corruption bred by structural impediments and bureaucratic indifference. The astonishing findings of public and private audits have turned out to be much worse than anyone suspected. In May of last year, Americans discovered that VA employees across the country had falsified and manipulated patient appointment records — leaving veterans seeking treatment in long or futile waiting lines while the employees themselves were receiving fat bonuses. After the scandal, a new VA secretary, Robert McDonald, pledged to clean house, but as of February this year, nearly a year after the scandal came to light, only eight employees out of more than 340,000 on the VA’s payroll had been fired for their role in manipulating wait times. Even Mr. McDonald, one of the finest corporate executives and management figures in America, could not break the logjam of dysfunction at the bureaucratic behemoth.”
The American people must demand that all candidates for the office of the President lay out a detailed plan on how to resolve this debacle! This is Dr.Ben Carsons plan…. Does your candidate have a plan?
At a minimum, the Veterans Health Administration (the entity in the VA that provides health care) should be eliminated to forge a 21st century veterans health care solution. Such a significant organizational change no doubt requires further study and consideration, and I will be providing more details in the weeks and months to come. Meanwhile, the following improvements can and should be made immediately. The health of our brave men and women veterans deserve no less.
OFFER CHOICE, including health savings accounts (HSAs), to allow veterans to access the best possible medical care at a nearby DOD, VA or civilian medical facility.
PROVIDE PORTABILITY to allow dollars to follow the veteran, even when away from their primary care locale.
ENSURE TIMELY RESPONSE for disability claims and medical requirements.
MAKE SPECIALIZED CARE READILY AVAILABLE by utilizing military and civilian centers of excellence for treatment of military-specific post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, severance of limbs and other issues.
STRIVE FOR SEAMLESS TRANSITION that equips veterans with education, employment, life skills and continuity of health care to ensure immediate and successful transition into a contributing member of civilian society.
Read more at. . . Courtesy of. . . Ben Carson: Veterans health care needs bold reform – I know from inside