We've all heard what a mess the VA system is, and some pundits have noted that the current system is the same?

one we are devolving to, so why nott ry a few new solutions? Weco uld partner with state medical schools to get more caregivers without adding another layer of federal administrators. We would have more caregivers available, and it could cost almost 40% less. Those who receive the help would then go where the need is greatest. Win-win? We could devlop a formula which controls liability to some extent. Do we need unionized hospitals? Probably not IF we can figure out who needs what for the job they do--so maybe some sort of union protection. Can we at least talk about making things better for all of us? What would help our veterans AND the rest of us?

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  • 6 years ago
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    The pundits are pretending that any "government run health care" is a joke--that's really the only comparison. The government has managed to give the actual military free health care, so it isn't always a failure for government to be in the health care business.

    Medical school students are students and need to be studying. The ones who are advanced enough to intern at a hospital or VA should be interns. We should not lower the standards to be a doctor without a good reason.

    Sorry if it sounded like I was just busting on you, I actually like the way you are thinking even if I don't like the answers you came up with. I think that money is the root of the problem, but I can't get much further than that myself. I like that you are looking at the provider end of it--they seem to be left out of this debate too often.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    The V.A. already uses medical school students. V.A.M.C. Memphis,Tn. is a training Hospital. We do not need unions. Unions are for the ones that don't want to work.

  • 6 years ago

    The VA medical system was created out of necessity, but is pretty much a political holdover. Like all government agencies, it is plagued with "politics over proficiency" which included hiring of many non-native doctors from non-American med schools, retaining incompent staff, and "rice bowling" to artificially create need for bigger facilities.

    Even the secretary of the VA system was more a political "rainbow nation" promotion over a more competent advisor.

    Source(s): - Worked for the VA for several years.
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