By Rep Jaime Herrera Beutler
Guest Commentary 

We need to improve medical care for all our veterans

 

April 12, 2017



Those who have served our country deserve the best medical care, because that’s what they were promised and have earned. Yet I hear from veteran after veteran who has to wait too long to see a doctor or specialist.

The Veterans Administration (VA) is a massive organization, and there is hardly a simple fix to its challenges. However, one factor that negatively affects the quality of medical care veterans receive is the high staff turnover among VA providers. In fact, between August 2014 and December 31, 2015, the Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Idaho region hired 58 primary care providers. During that same period the region lost 49 primary care providers, for a net gain of only nine....



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