Veterans Healthcare

Timely access to healthcare is essential to ensuring optimal health outcomes, and not surprisingly, is at the heart of healthcare reform efforts,   While the Veterans Health Administration (VA) has made improved access apriority, women veterans still under-utilize VA healthcare relative to men.   Eliminating access disparities requires a better understanding of the barriers to care that women veterans’ experience.   The VA is responding to changing requirements for decision-support data by maximizing the value of data.   Access studies also require quantitative and qualitative data on the characteristics of VA and non-VA health care delivery systems at all levels.   Many studies of access have examined whether access to health care is equitable across population subgroups.   Access to care has improved in recent years for most groups, and attention has shifted towed reducing inappropriate access points and utilization to contain costs and improve outcomes of care.   Although improved, access to care for veterans is still not at the point it should be.   Increasing providers will significantly increase access to care.   Incorporated Advanced Practice Nurses throughout the VA facilities will make access to care a more obtainable reality.

Access to healthcare has been a problem throughout the United States. Many people do not receive the appropriate and timely care they need. The U.S. health care system, which is already strained, will face an influx of patients in 2014, when 32 million Americans will have health insurance for the first time. All of these issues, and others, make the measurement and development of new strategies and models essential. And this does not tackle the problem of access to care for veterans.  
There are several bills both in the Senate and the House of Representative that reference access to care for veterans.   This paper will attempt to discuss those issues and the solutions sought to...