Veterans and their advocates ascribe the program’s slow progress to its lack of visibility, confusion over patient eligibility and excessive bureaucracy.
The VA launched the $10 billion initiative in November 2014 to speed access to medical services and ease the burden on its nearly 1,000 hospitals and outpatient clinics.
Yet since then, the Choice Card has shown little effect in Texas and elsewhere.
This is a bureaucratic landmine! The poor definition for qualification; the lack of private medical participation and the overall confusion about what the program is intended to do and what it actually accomplishes is bogging down a well intended initiative.
Congress created the three-year pilot program to alleviate long delays at VA networks nationwide.
The card has failed to reduce the backlog of veterans with pending appointments of 30 days or more. That number has grown by more than a third since Dec. 1 of last year, from 378,000 to 512,000, as reflected in national patient access data that the VA publishes online.
The results indicate failure. Now it is time for the House of Representatives and the Senate to reopen hearings to determine where the issues are that are corrupting the program.
Veterans Advocacy groups must once again hammer away at the the Veterans Administration and force the issue.
The VA has labored to meet a rising demand for care from the new generation of veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and the graying populations of those who served in Vietnam and the Gulf War.
For veterans, VA doctors and private providers alike, the web of programs has caused frustration over varying eligibility rules, glitches in arranging appointments and shifting reimbursement rates for care.
These issues should have been addressed at the initial set up of the program. It appears as if the VA is incapable of managing the fiscal responsibilities of the program. Our government is spending billions on trying to improve service to the Veteran, but in all honesty it is apparent that the bureaucracy is wasting a significant portion of the money! It is time to trim the fat out of the VA – reduce the involvement of middle level bureaucrats – who for the most part are concerned only with their own employment status and well being – and force future compensation and rewards for these personnel on a pure performance basis.
The VA has labored to meet a rising demand for care from the new generation of Veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and the graying populations of those who served in Vietnam and the Gulf War.
The Choice Card is the largest of seven community health care programs coordinated by the agency as it attempts to deliver more services.
For Veterans, VA doctors and private providers alike, the web of programs has caused frustration over varying eligibility rules, glitches in arranging appointments and shifting reimbursement rates for care.
TheOldManSays that it is pathetic that in this age of technology the VA can’t get its act together and find a method that will insure the timely and effective treatment of all Veterans!
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