VA’s troubles highlight realities of rationing
Regarding the story “VA to send more vets to private care” (ModernHealthcare.com, May 27), the Veterans Affairs Department is an example of singlepayer, government-provided healthcare. Those individuals who are eligible to receive services under the VA system depend upon VA medical centers and physicians to satisfy all their healthcare needs. Taxpayers provide all the funds necessary to operate the huge VA system. Inherent in such a system is the need to ration care. Ultimately, demands for “free” healthcare services must exceed existing resources. The recent scandals involving secret “waiting lists” may represent abusive practices, but the reality of rationing in single-payer systems cannot be denied.
Dan Groszkruger Principal rskmgmt.inc Solana Beach, Calif.