Wayne's Words: Privatization not the answer for VA
Wayne Horne | 4/4/2018, 5:07 p.m.
Here is the difference between the two plans. The private sector paperwork and administration was complicated, cumbersome and exceptionally difficult. As anyone who has had to wade through medical bills knows, each test, each provider, each facility has its own billing. Most of the time, an insurance carrier will coordinate the billings and pay accordingly. Not that easy with the Choice Program. You have to keep all the billings on track or else they wind up charging you for the service. A veteran who receives provider services at a VHA facility is not billed. The VHA is a single payer type system.
There are many other costly administrative complications involved with the Choice Program, but there is not enough space to outline them. Expanding the Choice Program is a costly alternative to VHA healthcare and deprives the Department of Veterans Affairs of much needed resources and revenue to provide quality care to veterans.
The major veteran organizations have all expressed support for the recent progress being made by the VHA in reducing wait times and improving outcomes. Veterans who access the system do not want the system to be privatized. Transitioning veterans into the broken and expensive private sector health care systems would be a mistake. There is a limited need for the Choice Program, but it should not be provided at the expense of one of the best health care systems in the country.