Veterans to get priority at New Jersey hospital
Veterans will go to the front of the line at Cooper University Health Care, a private system based in Camden, N.J., under a new program being started in response to problems with the federal Veterans Affairs Department health system.
Under the initiative, veterans living in the seven southern New Jersey counties are being promised same-day primarycare appointments and help from healthcare navigators at Cooper. Veterans would be served at the hospital in Camden and at system clinics in southern New Jersey. The policy is effective July 1.
“We’ll worry later about who pays or whether or not Cooper absorbs that cost,” said system board Chairman George Norcross III, who is also a Democratic political powerbroker and the brother of New Jersey congressional candidate Donald Norcross.