How about removing the health care portion (only) from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs? Set up a new Veteran’s Health Care program that would issue a card to all veterans, allowing them free health coverage for life at any facility or hospital in the United States. This would include mental, physical, rehabilitation, prescription drugs and ambulatory items, etc.
The program would allow all “active military, naval or air service personnel who are separated under any condition other than dishonorable” (as is stated in the current VA benefits application) complete coverage at all the health care facilities that all nonveterans utilize.
Currently, non-VA care is being provided to those not able to find VA facilities near their home.
This would remove a failed program. Granted, Congress would need to approve this and a change in appropriations. I am not suggesting privatizing all government programs as some have deemed. However, in my opinion, the end results of this change would be an improvement over the extreme wait times and backlogs for care at many of the government VA facilities. The idea is to cut out the bureaucracy that exists. Perhaps this is not the answer, but it is worthy of consideration.
The American people owe this to the men and women who have given so much for this country. To have military people who require care wait long periods before they can see a doctor is an embarrassment and shameful in the wealthiest country in the free world.