Trump meets with health­care lead­ers, con­sid­ers pri­va­tiz­ing veter­ans’ health­care

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Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump last week met with a group of health­care lead­ers that in­cluded Cleve­land Clinic Pres­i­dent and CEO Dr. Toby Cos­grove—a ru­mored pick to lead the Veter­ans Af­fairs De­part­ment.

The day after the meet­ing, of­fi­cials of the tran­si­tion team said Trump is con­sid­er­ing pri­va­tiz­ing health­care for veter­ans, some­thing ve­he­mently op­posed by some veter­ans’ groups be­cause they be­lieve the move would os­ten­si­bly close down the VA.

Trump thinks the move will give veter­ans more choice to de­ter­mine whether they get health­care at a VA fa­cil­ity or a pri­vate provider.

“Un­der a Trump Ad­min­is­tra­tion, no vet­eran will die wait­ing for ser­vice,” Trump said in his cam­paign plan for the VA, al­lud­ing to the wait­time scan­dal a few years ago. VA of­fi­cials were ac­cused of cov­er­ing up in­or­di­nate wait times that some pa­tient ad­vo­cacy groups blamed for the deaths of veter­ans.

Mayo Clinic Pres­i­dent and CEO Dr. John Nose­wor­thy, Part­ners Health­Care Pres­i­dent and CEO Dr. David Torchi­ana, and Johns Hop­kins Medicine CEO Dr. Paul Roth­man were also at the meet­ing with Trump.

Ac­cord­ing to sev­eral news re­ports, in ad­di­tion to over­haul­ing the VA sys­tem, the executives dis­cussed ways to im­prove over­all health­care qual­ity and af­ford­abil­ity.

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