Congress May Fix VA Hospitals by Merging Them With Military

DAILY CALLER — Congress is exploring a dramatic transformation of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals that would merge them with Department of Defense (DOD) facilities and treat active duty soldiers and veterans side by side.

Many veterans and lawmakers believe the VA healthcare system is in dire need of complete overhaul. The idea of simply using the VA’s budget to put all veterans on private insurance has been widely touted. Congress has also been quietly exploring a change that would shake up the VA by taking it in the opposite direction of privatization — militarization.

A massive pilot project at Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago just completed a five-year trial, and the good results are readily apparent. The joint DOD-VA hospital now sees most patients within one day and ranks in the top five of VA hospitals in overall wait times.

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