Best Care Anywhere: Why VA Health Care Is Better Than Yours by Phillip Longman

By Phillip Longman

Best Care at any place, second version demonstrates how an ongoing caliber revolution within the nation’s veterans hospitals presents deep classes for reforming the U.S. health and wellbeing care process as an entire. the recent version is especially well timed with the winding down of the nationwide debate over overall healthiness care assurance reform, so one can unavoidably shift concentration of reform to the perform of medication itself.  The VA, through making huge use of digital scientific files and evidence-based drugs, has built a version of twenty first century health and wellbeing care that enhances defense, price effectiveness, and sufferer satisfaction.  And in so doing, it has confirmed that almost all of we predict we all know approximately wellbeing and fitness care is simply wrong.

New to this edition:
• dialogue of gigantic alterations in well-being care politics for the reason that 2007, and the way the VA version of care suits in.
• New insights on how the VA version will form twenty first century wellbeing and fitness care.
• How Bush management rules undermined many winning elements of VA wellbeing and fitness care, and the way the Obama management is starting to placed topic correct for our wounded warriors.
• up-to-date insurance of federal info know-how projects in health and wellbeing care, and the teachings supplied via the VA’s “open source” software program development.
• New info at the carrying on with effects of publicity to Agent Orange, and its deeper implications for rethinking who must have entry to VA care.
• an offer for rolling out a brand new civilian model of the VA that now has won political viability in mild of the general failure of different techniques to overall healthiness care reform. A civilian VA is a real “public option” in overall healthiness deal with which Progressives and different americans needs to rally.

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Wollstein, a right-wing activist and author, railing against the Clinton health-care plan in 1994: “To see the future of health care in America for you and your children under Clinton’s plan,” Wollstein warned, “just visit any Veterans Administration 1 2 / BEST CARE ANYWHERE hospital. ”2 Former congressman and one-time attorney for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert E. Bauman, made the same point in 1994, in a long and well-documented policy brief for the libertarian Cato Institute. ”3 And so it goes today.

A more “with it” leadership at the VA probably would have contracted out with some private software developer to provide its information systems. The most likely result would have been computer programs imposed on, instead of created by, doctors and other medical professionals, costing billions of dollars and written in a buggy proprietary code that ordinary users would have no ability to improve, modify, or integrate. This story is familiar in the world of American health care, 24 / BEST CARE ANYWHERE where what few electronic medical information systems are in place often inspire resistance and fail.

We agreed on a kill fee with no hard feelings. Business is business. But as I pondered the deeper implications of what I had learned, my depression lifted, and I became excited. A solution to America’s health-care crisis does exist, I realized. Better than that, you don’t have to rely on mere theoretical speculations or econometric simulations to see how it might work, nor do you have to wait around for a revolution in technology. You don’t even have to travel to some far-off xxxiv / BEST CARE ANYWHERE foreign country like Sweden, or even Canada, to see it in operation.

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