Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

“We are not going to let the fact there are not additional monies right now to prevent us from offering these additional services”

That is what Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said about his plan to expand urgent mental health care to thousands of veterans.  Specifically, the Shulkin plan would include mental health services for service members with less-than-honorable discharges. As reported in Modern Healthcare, Shulkin testified to Congress that of the 20 veterans who take their lives each day, about 14 […]

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Our vets deserve better

The VA has been at the forefront of innovation in integrated care delivery.  ViSTA is the VA’s award winning IT system.  The VA has been aggresive in making sure veterans use generic drugs when these are available. Even if the VA provides high quality care, veterans are having increasing problems accessing this care. The issue […]

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A Child’s Guide to War

Kids interview one another.  Half the children have veteran parents, half do not.  Honest and interesting throughout.  

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Injured Veterans

One health risk factor often overlooked in this blog is going to war.  Veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan frequently return home with traumatic brain injury from roadside bombs, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),  and other injuries.   Marketplace chronicles the problems veterans experience trying to collect military benefits after returning to civilian life.  The […]

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