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Econometer: Replace VA with vouchers?

Jonathan Horn, U-T SAN DIEGO

Friday, June 6, 2014

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System
Answer: YES

The VA healthcare system is a vivid example of the inefficiencies, bureaucracy and duplication of single-payer/government provided medical care. The system is dysfunctional, anachronistic, and should be phased out. Veterans could receive vouchers or medical cards allowing them to choose care at the best location for them. The VA already spends 10 percent of its budget on private care services. Further privatization would increase the efficiency of care for vets. Unfortunately, U.S. healthcare is already so overburdened by government control, the availability of private systems as currently configured are challenged to take on all the needs of military veterans as well.