KevinMD July 12, 2021
Naveen Reddy

It’s one of the largest integrated health care systems in the United States. It takes care of over nine million patients in 170 hospitals within nearly every state. Its patients are on average, older, sicker, and more disadvantaged than the rest of the American population. If you had to guess which hospital system I’m describing, would you think HCA? Sutter? Kaiser? Nope, it’s the Veteran Health Administration, or as it’s more commonly known, the V.H.A.

Unfortunately, the public perception of the V.H.A. has soured over the past decade. Our political leaders have denigrated the establishment with John Boehner stating that V.H.A. hospitals “provide substandard care” and, “if you’re a real doctor, you’re probably not working at the V.H.A.” This is striking when considering that...

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