Move forward with Sanders’ plan to boost primary care in VA
Regarding the article “Senate bill would let VA hire more doctors, nurses” (Modern Healthcare, June 2), U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ substantive ideas not only deserve prompt consideration, but also action. His idea of paying off student debt for doctors and nurses who come to work in the VA system is excellent and should be applied to other health professionals as well. The VA challenges are multifold; however, access to primary care is vital and it is one of the critically weak areas of the VA system.
Martin Diamond Principal and co-founder ZIA Healthcare Consultants San Francisco Senior fellow, UCSF Center for the Health Professions