Obama Urged to Use AMA to Treat Waiting Veterans


via Forbes | by Bruce Jaspen

Amid reports that tens of thousands of Veterans have waited months for medical care, the American Medical Association urged President Obama to take “immediate action” to allow doctors to treat these patients outside of the VA system.

The AMA’s policy-making House of Delegates stopped short of urging the Obama administration to issue an executive order that would provide “full health coverage financial benefits” to Veterans or give Veterans vouchers so they can be treated in private facilities. Though several AMA delegates clearly see the need for vouchers, AMA leaders said they wanted to leave the financing and how doctors and hospitals would be paid up to the White House and Congress.

The AMA, which is a powerful healthcare lobby in Washington, said it wanted to add its voice to Congressional debate given legislation addressing VA problems is currently being debated and developed in Washington…

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