The best healthcare in America is government run

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    Most private hospitals can only dream of the futuristic medicine Dr. Divya Shroff practices today. Outside an elderly patient's room, the attending physician gathers her residents around a wireless laptop propped on a mobile cart. Shroff accesses the patient's entire medical history--a stack of paper in most private hospitals. And instead of trekking to the radiology lab to view the latest X-ray, she brings it up on her computer screen. While Shroff is visiting the patient, a resident types in a request for pain medication, then punches the SEND button. Seconds later, the printer in the hospital pharmacy spits out the order. The druggist stuffs a plastic bag of pills into what looks like a tiny space capsule, then shoots it up to the ward in a vacuum tube. By the time Shroff wheels away her computer, a nurse walks up with the drugs.

    Life in a big-name institution like the Mayo Clinic? Not hardly. Shroff, 31, a specialist in internal medicine, works at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Washington, where the vets who come for the cutting-edge treatment are mostly poor.

    If you're surprised, that's understandable. Until the early 1990s, care at VA hospitals was so substandard that Congress considered shutting down the entire system and giving ex-G.I.s vouchers for treatment at private facilities. Today it's a very different story. The VA runs the largest integrated health-care system in the country, with more than 1,400 hospitals, clinics and nursing homes employing 14,800 doctors and 61,000 nurses. And by a number of measures, this government-managed health-care program--socialized medicine on a small scale--is beating the marketplace. For the sixth year in a row, VA hospitals last year scored higher than private facilities on the University of Michigan's American Customer Satisfaction Index, based on patient surveys on the quality of care received. The VA scored 83 out of 100; private institutions, 71. Males 65 years and older receiving VA care had about a 40% lower risk of death than those enrolled in Medicare Advantage, whose care is provided through private health plans or HMOs, according to a study published in the April edition of Medical Care. Harvard University just gave the VA its Innovations in American Government Award for the agency's work in computerizing patient records.

    And all that was achieved at a relatively low cost. In the past 10 years, the number of veterans receiving treatment from the VA has more than doubled, from 2.5 million to 5.3 million, but the agency has cared for them with 10,000 fewer employees. The VA's cost per patient has remained steady during the past 10 years. The cost of private care has jumped about 40% in that same period.

    How Veterans' Hospitals Became the Best in Health Care - TIME
     
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    Oh good. We won't have to fork out any more money to the Veterans Administration anymore.

    Thats a relief.

    I just can't wait for that rationing!
     
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    but when the health care bubble pops who gets the bailout biscuit?
     
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    Hey, the best run retirement program is government run too!

    Oh, wait....
     
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    Gee I just got back from my doctors office to day. My doctor set there with a laptop checking all my medical history. The Va does other interesting things like call you Saturday morning to tell you you have a doctors appointment the following Monday with out any other advance warning. If you try to go see the VA on your schedule rather than theirs expect to wait all day or expect to drive 60 miles to what the VA laughingly calls an urgent care facility. The only Vets that routinely go to the VA are those with no other options.
     
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    but, but, but..

    Its government run. Don'tcha know they are the best!
     
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    And those Vets are more satisfied with their care than the average for profit patient.

    Sorry to bother you with the facts.
     
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    That's a joke I am a Vet. Been there and done that. The VA sucked Ass 30 years ago the first time I had it. It's better now but it still sucks ass. I met no one there that had regular insurance that used the VA after a couple of visits.
     

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