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Healthcare for Veterans Privatization Won’t Fix the VA
Date Saturday July 19
Time 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location Details
518 Valencia, San Francisco
One block west of 16th St BART and ½ block south of 16th St
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorDon Bechler
First it was Social Security, then Medicare and Medicaid, and then the public health care option under Obamacare. Now, in the wake of recent allegations that veterans hospitals put patients on secret wait lists, Republicans are calling for the privatization of the Veterans Health Administration, the nation’s largest public health care system which provides cost-effective and high quality care to 6.2 million veterans.



It is of course unacceptable if patients suffered as a result of any delays. But regardless of what went wrong at any VA facility, turning veterans over to private sector insurers and for-profit hospitals is not the solution.



With its salaried staff of nearly 280,000, the VA has long been a model for health care delivery. The VA’s 152 hospitals, 900 clinics, 300 mental health centers, and other facilities — many located in rural areas that the private sector ignores — care for more than 230,000 people a day. In a recent survey of veterans for the American Customer Satisfaction Index, patients rated the system’s services as equal to or better than private sector health care facilities.

Speaker: Suzanne Gordon, award-winning journalist and author

Sponsored by Single Payer Now



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