By Bob Dole
In today’s difficult economic climate, the Obama administration and congressional leaders are searching for ways to make the government more affordable and efficient. The nation’s fiscal state demands that we examine our services and make important choices.
Decision makers would do well to study the health care delivery system of the Department of Veterans Affairs. To meet the challenges of the nation’s largest integrated health system, VA has developed strategic public-private partnerships that are crucial to its mission.
These relationships, using sophisticated information technology and supply-management systems, allow VA to drive innovation throughout its health care system. This has made VA more productive and better equipped to deliver the highest level of care to a group our nation has always honored: men and women who have served and sacrificed for our freedom.