This amazing story was posted on the new website Fighting for Veterans’ Health Care. It’s written by a veteran who was dismissed by private sector health care and really cared for at the VHA. Samuel Jay Keyser is also writing a book about his experiences in both the private sector and the VHA.
Samuel Jay Keyser
July 7, 2014 was my 79th birthday. I spent the morning in an ambulance. As ominous as that might sound, it was a blessing. I was being transferred from a not-for-profit private rehabilitation hospital to the Veterans Administration (VA) hospital in West Roxbury, Massachusetts where, over the course of the next year and a half, as an inpatient and outpatient, I would receive the best possible care a spinal cord injured person could hope for. READ MORE
by January 3, 2017 Beyond Chron
President-elect Donald J. Trump will soon announce his pick for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and his nominee should honor the phenomenal research that the Veterans Health Administration provides. VHA research — the nicotine patch, the first implantable cardiac pacemaker, the Shingles vaccine, among many others — benefits not only veterans but all Americans. Last year alone, according to VA Undersecretary for Health David Shulkin, VHA researchers published 9,480 papers in the scientific literature.
Most recently, the VHA, in partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation, which has helped fund the research for many major treatments, embarked on another critical research initiative. The Foundation has donated $50 million to the VHA, making this, Shulkin says, the largest commitment to cancer research the VHA has ever received, one that will help deliver better care to veterans particularly those in rural and remote areas. Foundation, CEO and President physician Jonathan Simons says the foundation is eager to work with the VHA because it is the largest health care system in America, with the most men suffering from prostate cancer of any healthcare system or institution. Because of this the VHA, he says, provides a unique opportunity to help solve some of the most vexing riddles about prostate cancer, democratize treatment through the VHA’s superior telehealth capacity, and accelerate the pace at which new drugs and treatments are made available to the nation’s veterans. READ MORE
The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has just put out another great video on solutions that could strengthen VHA health care. Please click, like, and share this wonderful video that helps us understand the pitfalls of Choice as it is currently constructed by conservatives who only want to dismantle the VHA. Please click here to see the video. And watch all the others if you can. It’s very important to add to the clicks on this and also the likes on this amazing series.
Phillip Longman, author of Best Care Anywhere, has just done this excellent post in The Washington Monthly about the New York Times coverage of the VHA. People should contact the New York Times’s public editor to register their concerns about the continual bias in the Times coverage of the VHA. See also my stories in The American Prospect on this issue.
Please read Longman’s story. It is very important.
More Fake News about VA Hospitals
This time, the hapless New York Times is the culprit.
Just did this new blog post for the American Prospect. Please read and share.
In the debate over the future of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), no concept has attracted more controversy than “privatization.” Since wholesale privatization of the VHA is deeply unpopular among veterans and their advocacy organizations, groups like the Koch brothers-funded Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) argue that they do not support “privatization” of the VHA. As the CVA’s “Fixing Veterans Health Care” report, published earlier this year explains, the group just wants to give veterans “the same degree of choice that is available to other Americans,” with the federal government paying the tab.
Last week, The Washington Post entered the fray. Writing for the paper’s “Fact Checker” column, reporter Michelle Ye Hee Lee gave Senator Jon Tester of Montana and Representative Mark Takano of California, both Democrats, three out of a possible four Pinocchios (signifying “significant factual error and/or obvious contradictions”) for suggesting that the CVA and Trump transition team members support VHA privatization. According to Lee, the CVA’s position does not constitute privatization because, the “CVA has not proposed a wholesale transfer of VHA’s services over to the private sector—which is what ‘privatization’ usually describes.”