Issue Brief

No. 796

Veterans' Health Care: Balancing Resources and Responsibilities
April 1, 2004


Lisa Sprague, MBA


This paper looks at the health care benefits and services administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It examines management strategies adopted within the department to allocate resources, structure benefits, and improve quality. Some recommendations made by the General Accounting Office and the President’s Task Force to Improve Health Care Delivery for Our Nation’s Veterans are reviewed, in particular the emphasis of the latter on increased collaboration with the Department of Defense. Long-term proposals to balance service commitments and financing also are considered.

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