One thing the VA can do to dramatically improve veterans’ health care

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is now a different system compared to what it was before Congress implemented the Veterans Choice program (the initiative permitting veterans to receive care from non-VA facilities) over a decade ago. With the Mission Act further expanding veterans’ choice in 2018, the VA permanently transformed into a system that integrates VA-based facilities and community care. 

Today, approximately 44% of veterans’ health care expenditures come from the private sector. During this period, overall demand for veterans’ health care has grown significantly. The VA enrolled 401,006 veterans in VA health care over the past year, marking the highest number of enrollees in recent times. 

Perhaps most significantly, trust levels among veterans have increased. In other words, the new system appears to be moving in the right direction.

The VA enrolled 401,006 veterans in VA health care over the past year, marking the highest number of enrollees in recent times.  (James Carbone/Newsday RM via Getty Images)

Having led the VA, as well as being a seasoned health care executive, I know all too

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