Trump's solution to the VA problem.... what do you think?

Like always, I have been scanning the news feeds for relevant issues and ideas. I just came across this news item, and I thought I should put it out there for comment. Each candidate has plusses and minuses and Donald Trump is certainly among the most controversial, but I will give him this, he does have ideas, and some of them might actually work. The question I have for you is this: Is this one of them? Check out the following link and comment freely.

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  • jules rensch
    commented 2016-04-03 19:55:06 -0400
    Interestingly, while I’m now retired, I did spend 25 years in the field of Audiology (private practice)
    Through the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s….my services were declared “off limits” to Veterans in need of help with their hearing and hearing aids. This mandate put in place by the Vetereans Administration.
    As a result, Veterans were treated poorly…often experiencing long wait times for Audiological Work-ups, consultation and the actual fitting of Hearing Instruments. True too, was, in most cases, the distance traveled to obtain services, often required an overnight journey.
    Perhaps the most disturbing element of all, was the actual cost involved for the American taxpayers…whereas a typical VA fitting ran 50% more than what could have been accomplished through a local practitioner.
    Please understand, that the experieces related are dated and perhaps circumstances have changed… yet we do know that Government does not always choose to be economical or diligent in the way it spends our tax dollars.
    Respectfully, Observer Jules
  • jules rensch
    tagged this with good 2016-03-30 23:21:02 -0400
  • Shawn Clement
    commented 2016-03-29 06:23:11 -0400
    I disagree with sending veterns to Medicaid doctors. I just don’t think that in addition to more VA controlled medical facilities is a good idea. I personally believe that the VA should lose all medical programs entirely and veterans be placed in the TRICARE/Champus program. TRICARE is what retired veterans are on and provides listings of civilian doctors/hospitals from most cities for the veteran to choose from.

    By moving funds to TRICARE, it provides civilian company with a trusted background to fix the problem. Doctors are mostly civilian (some areas retired will see a military doctor. non-retirees would not have that option) and are not dictated by bureaucratic red tape. As far as I can tell, TRICARE doesn’t give bonuses and if they do it isn’t out of whack.

    VA medical facilities would fall under one of several options 1. A larger civilian medical facility with the ability to provide oversight. or 2. stand as a network to compete with other civilian facilities, but without VA admin control (administration would be created by state’s govornor and staff by that trustee).

    I feel that the VA lost it’s right to run veteran medical programs and the funds for medical care are better spent by providing the funds to more competent agencies/programs. The VA would still control Education, Loans, etc. programs outside of medical and medical research.
  • Shawn Clement
    tagged this with good 2016-03-29 06:23:09 -0400