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The Veterans Health Administration: an American success story?

Oliver, Adam (2007) The Veterans Health Administration: an American success story? The Milbank Quarterly, 85 (1). pp. 5-35. ISSN 0887-378X

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Abstract

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides health care for U.S. military veterans. By the early 1990s, the VHA had a reputation for delivering limited, poor-quality care, which led to health care reforms. By 2000, the VHA had substantially improved in terms of numerous indicators of process quality, and some evidence shows that its overall performance now exceeds that of the rest of U.S. health care. Recently, however, the VHA has started to become a victim of its own success, with increased demands on the system raising concerns from some that access is becoming overly restricted and from others that its annual budget appropriations are becoming excessive. Nonetheless, the apparent turnaround in the VHA's performance offers encouragement that health care that is both financed and provided by the public sector can be an effective organizational form.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0887-378x
Additional Information: © 2007 Milbank Memorial Fund
Library of Congress subject classification: E History America > E151 United States (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2009 10:04
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/22626/

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