Move for­ward with San­ders’ plan to boost pri­mary care in VA

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

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

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