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Monday, 17 July 2017 04:00

How VA Reform Turned into a Fight Over Privatization

Written by  Russell Berman

In 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs was mired in a scandal.

An inspector general’s report had found “systemic” manipulation by government officials to hide lengthy and growing wait times at its medical centers.

Veterans were waiting months for appointments, and dozens may have died because they could not get treated in time.

Spurred to action, Congress created a program aimed at temporarily alleviating the strain on the VA: Veterans who lived more than 40 miles from a health-care facility or who had to wait more than 30 days for an appointment could take their benefits outside the system and seek treatment from private doctors.

Read more at TheAtlantic

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