Veterans Health Care Seeks Improvement by Reorganizing VA Health Care Administration
The ranking Republican Senator on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Richard Burr, has proposed a new bill aiming to reduce some of the administrative overload in the veterans’ health care system.
Currently, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) health care network is divided into 21 regional medical offices, known as Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN). These offices handle the health care administrative needs of the VA facilities in their area as well as control their share of regional budgets.
When VISNs were originally put into action, their staff numbers were low and they used very little resources. According to Burr, over the years they’ve become bloated with unnecessary personnel and are now costing more to operate than he finds necessary.
To reduce the waste in these programs, Burr is proposing the reduction of offices from 21 to 12, allowing them to be consolidated so resources are allocated where they’re needed most. Burr believes that by reducing the bloating of these offices more funding and attention can go to the veterans rather than the administration serving them.
Veterans and military families are eligible for a vast network of benefits and services through the VA, but only when they seek them out. By applying for veterans disability benefits, a veteran who suffers a serious medical condition related to their military service can gain access to financial and medical care, beyond the regular veteran services the VA offers through clinics.
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