Health Care Spending and Efficiency in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Health Care Spending and Efficiency in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

David I. Auerbach
William B. Weeks
Ian Brantley
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 16
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7249/j.ctt5hhv36
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    Health Care Spending and Efficiency in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    Book Description:

    This report shares an overview of the budget of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and focuses particularly on health care spending and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), including makeup of the veteran population, available health coverage, patterns of use, and potential areas of improvement.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8340-1
    Subjects: History, Health Sciences

Table of Contents

  1. Health Care Spending and Efficiency in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    (pp. 1-16)
    David I. Auerbach, William B. Weeks and Ian Brantley

    In its 2013 budget request, the Obama administration sought $140 billion for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), 54 percent of which would provide mandatory benefits, such as direct compensation and pensions, and 40 percent of which is discretionary spending, earmarked for medical benefits under the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Unlike Medicare, which provides financing for care when its beneficiaries use providers throughout the U.S. health care system, the VHA is a government-run, parallel system that is primarily intended for care provision of veterans. The VHA hires its own doctors and has its own hospital network infrastructure. Although the...