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  •  As a frequent user of the private health care (3+ / 0-)
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    industry, I have learned that we don't have enough physicians in this country. Throwing veterans into this system may help a few vets, but not most of them.

    There are no out-of-work physicians waiting to stand in line for jobs with the VA.

    Maybe this crisis will finally make more people wake up to this fact. Creating more residencies in the VA system won't help. It'll be like trying to cut a hole out of a blanket.

    What might help is a program that helps qualified individuals pay for medical school, but that'll take a long time.

    In the short term, more money will help build more and better clinics, but without enough physicians ....

    The White House comment line is 202-456-1111. We need a million-person call-in starting now. Tell them to stop the genocide in Gaza.

    by RJDixon74135 on Thu Aug 07, 2014 at 05:35:37 PM PDT

    •  It's time for the VA to start enducing (3+ / 0-)
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      the Medical Union [ the AMA ] to expand the available seats in each of their Medical Training Schools [ well, OK, Colleges ] and expand treatment options to include some alternative methodologies.

      The time has come to repair this country and care for its' veterans.

      by llbear on Thu Aug 07, 2014 at 06:08:16 PM PDT

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      •  Much of the treatment in VA's (1+ / 0-)
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        And especially out of the R&D, working with some private sector but mostly universities and colleges, ends up being adopted by the private sector in the Care issues, the VA's are bringing higher education to the higher educated!!

        As far as I know, haven't heard elsewise, that which comes out of the VA R&D, for decades, isn't being compensated in the patents held then by the private sector and reaping huge profits from. Yet occasionally praise will come in reports where it was originally developed. That praise is like parades, quick then gone and quickly forgotten!!

        Oh and them private sector entities get huge tax cuts and writeoffs!!

        "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

        by jimstaro on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 05:24:28 AM PDT

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    •  Why think this (1+ / 0-)
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      Maybe this crisis will finally make more people wake up to this fact.
      It's been Decades and Wars from that they've ignored or denied issue's, they don't want to pay, symbols and words are cheaper! They also don't want to serve, reason the bushco had to raise the recruitment age twice to 42 for voluntary recruitment during these two wars of choice and still those who joined and ended up in the war needed ranks served multiple tours with many not at first in sent to in base changing etc. and taught new skills for.

      This 'crisis' isn't new and shows the lack of attention paying by those served as well, these repeat over and over and take already budgeted funds to fix thus shortchanging where those were directed creating more problems used by congress in attacking the agencies people. Especially reps like Miller and Burr, Miller likes to continue the attacks, not doing his job, in the media lights and gets praise for that. Nothing comes from the oh so many hearings he holds and if policy is made and passed it's for votes and not funded as they then try to cut. You can bet that within the next congress they'll be going after these monies, borrowed as taxes haven't been raised even to pay for the wars, and trying to cut them. And the 99% served will see no problem with that!!!

      "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

      by jimstaro on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 04:32:52 AM PDT

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