ACCORDING TO NEW STUDY, VA CARE EQUAL TO PRIVATE SECTOR, BUT STILL WORK TO BE DONE - JULY 19, 2016
Rand study finds VA care equal or better than private sector
By Carten Cordell, Federal Times
A new study from the Rand Corporation examining the Department of Veterans’ Affairs health care system has found that the health care provided by the agency is equal to or better than its private sector counterparts.
The study focused on the VA’s supply and demand capacity in the wake of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, which provides veterans the opportunity to seek health care through private providers.
In examining the VA’s performance in health care procedures versus its private sector counterparts, the report found that “in a tally of 83 different measures covering a variety of types of care, including safety and effectiveness of treatment, the quality of VA health care exceeded that of non-VA care.”