Basically they would like to merge VA with TRICARE. Can’t imagine that going going well.
Congress – not consulted
Veterans Groups – not consulted
Studies Done – none
“My overarching concern is these are very dramatic changes in the way health care is delivered to veterans,” said Carrie Farmer, a senior policy researcher on military care at Rand Corp., who has conducted wide-ranging research for VA. “There haven’t been studies on what the consequences are in terms of both costs and quality of care.”
Never mind that Veterans Affairs serves a very different population with different requirements. Louis Celli, director of Veterans Affairs and rehabilitation for The American Legion raises the very real concern that a move such as this would likely shift costs unfairly onto service-connected veterans. Why does he think that? Because something very similar happened with TRICARE, retirees promised free care at base hospitals, but then TRICARE began offering insurance to use private-sector care and TRICARE beneficiaries co-pays are now on the rise.
My concerns are many, but top most is that if we are forced into private care it will go from the promise of free care to service-connected veterans to a premium/co-pay situation and then they will want us to thank them for doing such a great job keeping the co-pays low.
Remember that it is possible that the government does not have your best interests in mind and they are currently on the hunt for cost saving measures and veterans frustrated with a system they can’t or won’t fix are a ripe target for this con.
WASHINGTON – As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon’s, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics.