Nonprofits are stepping up to do what the VA system isn’t: Helping our brave veterans

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The Texas Medical Association is stepping up where the Veterans Affairs system is failing.

The TMA announced this week they were starting a registry where private physicians could say whether or not they would accept veterans in their offices. The list would be given to community groups and VA health system officials. This is after The Daily Beast reported the Central Texas VA was being run like a “crime syndicate” so executives could get bonuses.

It isn’t the first time the non-profit group has suggested private doctors take care of veterans. They pressed the American Medical Association to tell President Barack Obama and Congress that military members deserved to have health care outside of the VA system.

Texas doctors aren’t the only ones doing this. Cooper University Health Care also announced this week they’d be starting a program to help veterans get access to care. Their “Cooper Veterans VIP Priority Program” is promising to deliver same-day service to veterans needing treatment. That’s down from the 25-day wait period veterans were having in the New Jersey VA system. Vets needing to see a specialist had to wait 45 days.

There are still a few questions on what these hospitals are doing, especially on how doctors will be reimbursed. Will it be through the VA system or will veterans end up paying out of pocket for the service? However, it’s a step in the right direction because it’s obvious government-run health care isn’t working. Just ask the almost 60 vets who have died in Phoenix because of delays in their care. Or England which has a $3.3-billion deficit in their health system.

Government health care isn’t working and, surprise surprise, nonprofits and others are filling the void. As it should be.


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