Walter Reed Hospital is just one example of a VA hospital in a state of decay. This is what happens when a government bureaucracy infiltrates health care. This is nothing new; VA hospitals have historically been decrepit institutions that in many cases deliver substandard health care.
Back in 1980 when I was a nursing student in Minnesota we used to fight to do our clinical rotations at the VA, not because they were so good, but because they were so bad. It was the place to go to see horrific wounds and complicated patients in multiple system failure. It was were we learned to improvise treatments and therapies with whatever means available.
The VA doesn’t have the resources or abundance of services that are commonly found in the private sector. Having worked in the health care industry for twenty five years it has been my privilege to provide care for those who serve. In my observation, the fortunate veterans that can afford private health care insurance wouldn’t set foot in a VA hospital. Those less fortunate veterans forced to rely on the VA for health care, do so with trepidation.
The next time you hear a politician call for government controlled health care for Americans, think about the VA. This is an outstanding example of what happens when a government bureaucracy administers health care.