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Wed Jul 26, 2017, 04:41 AM

Trump promises huge increase in private sector care for veterans

http://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2017/07/26/trump-promises-huge-increase-in-private-sector-care-for-veterans/

Trump promises huge increase in private sector care for veterans
By: Leo Shane


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening promised to triple the number of veterans “seeing the doctor of their choice” in coming months as part of an ongoing, ambitious reform plan at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The comments, which came at a veterans rally in Ohio, are likely to again stoke concerns among administration critics of large-scale privatization of VA responsibilities.

At the start of the year, almost a third of all veterans’ medical appointments scheduled through the department were with doctors working outside the VA system, in private clinics. White House officials have previously promised an overhaul of those outside care programs in coming months, with an eye towards sending even more patients to community physicians.

VA Secretary David Shulkin has repeatedly pushed back against concerns that those moves amount to a dismantling of the department, and promising lawmakers repeatedly that both he and Trump aren’t working on a large-scale shift of taxpayer funds outside the government health care system.
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But Trump on Tuesday told the assembled crowd crowd that since he took office in January, “we have nearly doubled the number of veterans given approvals to see the doctor of their choice.” He added that “we’re going to be tripling up very shortly.” The comments appear to refer to the VA’s controversial Choice program, authorized by Congress in the wake of the 2014 department wait time scandal. Usage of that program has risen dramatically since Shulkin and Trump took office.

In an editorial in USA Today this week, Shulkin said that outside care programs for the first half of 2017 VA was up 26 percent over the same period last year. That totals more than 18 million veterans medical appointments being paid for outside of VA facilities. But it falls well short of Trump’s “doubling” boast. So does the proposed fiscal 2018 budget, which calls for a 9 percent boost in outside care funding, totaling almost $1 billion.
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Wed Jul 26, 2017, 05:03 AM

1. His promises mean so much.

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Wed Jul 26, 2017, 09:01 AM

2. When a Republican offers you 'choice'

Hold onto your wallet and protect your belongings

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Wed Jul 26, 2017, 10:18 AM

3. The Choice Program Sux

Scheduling is a nightmare and bills don't don't get paid.
It's all a scam to privatize the VA.
Multiple agencies don't communicate.
This must be stopped.

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