According to one article, military veterans may soon be able to select their own primary care doctor. In 2014, the Commission on Care was setup to develop and investigate ways to improve access to health care for veterans. The VA hasn’t exactly had a shining reputation lately and many veterans feel like their access to quality health care has been limited or altogether blocked. This limited access has led to death for some veterans seeking care.
The Commission on Care has recommended that one way for this access to be increased is to allow veterans to select their own primary care physician. Eligible doctors would need to be credentialed by the Veterans Administration's health care system. While the VA has made progress in getting treatment to veterans who need it and reducing their backlog, it is important for veterans who have sustained long term injuries serving in combat to receive the best available care.
It’s a sad indictment that any veteran would sacrifice his or her body and mental well being for the good of the nation; only to find that returning to civilian life is fraught with obstacles to the care they need as a result of their service. The availability of private primary care physicians could increase veteran medical treatment and ease the burden on the already beleaguered VA.