The second description is the more accurate. My father has been in the Veterans medical system for years, and during that time we have witnessed dramatic improvement. Twenty years ago a Vet could get dramatically different care, depending on which facility he or she might go to. That seems to be far less the case now. The Vet can expect more standardized care across the nation. My mother recently went through a long series of hospital stays at various private hospitals, and I think overall my father fared better at the Veterans facilities. There seems to be much more of a tendency to treat the patient over just watching the bottom line.
Presently, my father is being cared for at the Veterans hospital in Denver, Colorado. Each time I have visited I have been impressed by the level of care of the facility and the staff. Previously he had been in the hospital in Portland, Oregon. I was equally impressed by the level of treatment he was given there. In both facilities the staff took the time to inform us (the family) each step of the way about each procedure they wanted to do, and they took the extra time to make sure we understood. Each time I went home I felt like I was leaving my father in the hands of people who were very much concerned with a successful outcome for him.
I think that the private health care system in America could learn from the Veterans system …Read More