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Paper Topic:

Veterans health issues

Running Head : VETERANS AFFAIRS

Veterans Health Care

Research Proposal

Methods of Research

HSAD 681 Z

Dr . Maureen Girard

TITLE : Veterans Health Care

INTRODUCTION

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA ) is currently our country 's largest integrated health care system (Oliver , 2007 . It is a part of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA ) which was established in 1989 as a federal full cabinet department . Veterans ' health care was established around 1946 , and was then known as the VA Department of Medicine and Surgery (Panangala , 2006 . In 1989 , it was

taken over by the Veterans Health Services and Research Administration and was later renamed in 1991 to the Veterans Health Administration . Since the mid 1990s , the VHA system has seen significant improvements with the level of care offered to the veterans than from what was previously provided by the VA (Longman , 2005

The nature of healthcare system offered by VHA is not of insurance types and neither does it provides for a pay-out but rather it provides direct service for military veterans through a nationwide network of government hospitals . The budget provided for health care is discretionary and not mandatory through federal government funding on a per annum basis . The services provided through the VA hospitals and clinics are , in general for all combat veterans and their dependents . The application or enrolment for healthcare eligibility and associated benefits is dependent on several factors which include nature of discharge from the military service , incurred disabilities or adjucated disabilities income , assets and resources available . Initial application requires filling out of 10-10ez form and then the subsequent determination for veteran criterion and stratification into priority groups

Yearly altercation of budget allocated for VA services set by the US Congress define the restriction for priority services for VA and as such , some veterans , especially those who belong to the higher income or , as the system denotes , Priority Group 8e and 8g , do not qualify for the full range of VA healthcare benefits . The single payer system does not only result to restricted enrolment but it can also lead to delays of receiving treatment and associated services (Bilmes , 2007

PROBLEM STATEMENT

After serving the State and being discharged from the military service what type of healthcare are the US veterans receiving ? In 2006 , there was an estimated 24 million living veterans of the U .S . military scattered throughout the United States with many of these service personnel having been discharged with adjucated disabilities and psychological trauma (Percy , 2007 . The Veterans Health Administration provides health care service for US military veterans through numerous complexes of government hospitals , clinics , nursing homes rehabilitation centers , and TRICARE beneficiaries . The facilities development of VA healthcare care service and their general availability do not reflect good status for the veteran beneficiaries and Percy (2007 ) estimated that 15 million veterans are not enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs health system . Such low statistical figure calls for determining the causality of the low-enrolment - obstacles prior to and during access of health care from the VA...

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