Tuesday Therapy


There are few areas where there is more bipartisan support than the need to provide adequate health care for the country’s veterans. While many of us opposed the war in Iraq and other recent military adventures, we still recognize the need to provide medical services for the people who put their lives at risk.

This is why it is especially annoying to see right-wing groups invent scandals around the Veteran Administration’s (VA) hospitals in order to advance an agenda of privatizing the system. If there was a real reason to believe that our veterans would be better cared for under a privatized system, then it would be reasonable to support the transition.

But this is the opposite of the reality. All the evidence suggests that a privatized system would make worse any problems veterans now face in getting care — and it is likely to cost more money.

To back up a step, we actually have a great deal of evidence on the quality of care provided by the VA system. In an outstanding book, The Best Care Anywhere, Washington Monthly editor Phillip Longman documents how the VA’s system of integrative care outperforms the models used by private insurers. The key point was that the VA system effectively tracks patients through their various contacts with doctors and other health care professionals.

This reduces the likelihood that they will get unneeded treatment, but more importantly, ensures that the patient’s doctors are aware of the other treatments their patient is receiving. A major problem for patients seeing multiple doctors is that none of them may have full knowledge of the set of conditions afflicting the patient or the drugs they might be taking. By keeping a central system and having a general practitioner assigned to oversee the patient’s care, the VA system minimizes this source of mistakes. In fact, this model is so successful that most providers have tried to move in the same direction in recent years.



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15 Responses to Tuesday Therapy

  1. Den says:

    A fitting topic today since I spent the morning yesterday at the VA Clinic trying to figure out why my ear and left side of my head are swollen from another fucking malady.

    I am truly sick of being sick. Just finishing up with the Ball Gladder now another issue, ugh!

    I got a scrip for Antibiotics, luckily I had leftover NORCO’s for the excruciating sharp pains that randomly stab at me, at least I was able to sleep somewhat, on my right side only.

    It is suppose to hit the 90’s this weekend, it would be nice to enjoy it pain-free.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    More fruit and vegetables.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Coffee maker works ok now.

    Beautiful and cool day.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    @ the Birch & Barley after just 46 minutes on this fabulous day. The river is in spate but now running clear. A magpie, some robins and then black birds.

    Having a blue cheese crumbles salad with a black lager.


  5. Den says:

    Robins and Grackles here with an occasional clump of mule deer wandering and munching their way along, every single day, being trampled by wildllife, 😉


  6. Den says:

    Deer are a giant PITA, they eat peoples flowers shrubs,and rose bushes, they’re like goats, they eat everything green, consummate browsers, except when they are darting across roads in front of you.

    An all-around menace to society.


  7. Den says:

    Speaking of road-kill


  8. Den says:

    Time to locate the LLamas…


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