Best Care Anywhere: Why VA Health Care Is Better Than Yours by Phillip Longman

By Phillip Longman

Best Care anyplace, 2d version demonstrates how an ongoing caliber revolution within the nation’s veterans hospitals offers deep classes for reforming the U.S. overall healthiness care process as a complete. the hot variation is especially well timed with the winding down of the nationwide debate over health and wellbeing care coverage reform, with a purpose to inevitably shift concentration of reform to the perform of medication itself.  The VA, through making large use of digital scientific documents and evidence-based drugs, has built a version of twenty first century wellbeing and fitness care that reinforces defense, rate effectiveness, and sufferer satisfaction.  And in so doing, it has confirmed that almost all of we predict we all know approximately wellbeing and fitness care is simply wrong.

New to this edition:
• dialogue of giant alterations in overall healthiness care politics in view that 2007, and the way the VA version of care matches in.
• New insights on how the VA version will form twenty first century future health care.
• How Bush management guidelines undermined many winning facets of VA health and wellbeing care, and the way the Obama management is commencing to placed topic correct for our wounded warriors.
• up-to-date assurance of federal info know-how tasks in healthiness care, and the teachings supplied through the VA’s “open source” software program development.
• New details at the carrying on with effects of publicity to Agent Orange, and its deeper implications for rethinking who must have entry to VA care.
• a suggestion for rolling out a brand new civilian model of the VA that now has received political viability in mild of the final failure of different methods to well-being care reform. A civilian VA is a real “public option” in health and wellbeing deal with which Progressives and different americans needs to rally.

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But as I pondered the deeper implications of what I had learned, my depression lifted, and I became excited. A solution to America’s health-care crisis does exist, I realized. Better than that, you don’t have to rely on mere theoretical speculations or econometric simulations to see how it might work, nor do you have to wait around for a revolution in technology. You don’t even have to travel to some far-off xxxiv / BEST CARE ANYWHERE foreign country like Sweden, or even Canada, to see it in operation.

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The increase in chronic illnesses gives the story of the VA’s turnaround a growing relevancy. Some 20 years ahead of their time, VA doctors felt compelled to begin developing a new, highly effective model of care stressing prevention as well as safe and effective management of chronic disease. Today, the continuing improvement of this model, which is based largely on the skillful use of information technology in both treatment and medical research, has propelled the VA into the vanguard of twenty-first-century medicine.

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