Forum Session

Restructuring the VA Health Care System: Safety Net, Training, and Other Considerations
March 25, 1998


In the midst of a major restructuring of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), this Forum meeting examined the changes under way and their implications for the veterans served and the stakeholders of the system. The discussion focused on the appropriateness of a managed care model for the various veteran populations and the extent to which the Veterans Administration was fulfilling its multiple missions, given the transformation taking place. In light of recurring suggestions to integrate the VHA and mainstream medicine and proposals for Medicare to pay for services provided to beneficiaries over the age of 65, the Forum examined how the VHA was coping with the reconfiguration of the larger marketplace relative to the population it served.


Kenneth W. Kizer, MD, MPH, Under Secretary for Health, Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Laura Miller, MPA, Director, Veterans Integrated Service Network #10, VA Health Care System of Ohio, Cincinnati; Richard B. Fuller, National Legislative Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America; Richard Ryan, Jr., DSc, President, University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery

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