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Health Aff (Millwood). 1997 Jul-Aug;16(4):200-4.

The VA health care system: an unrecognized national safety net.

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  • 1Office of Performance and Quality, Departent of Veterans Affairs (VA), Washington, DC, USA.


The dominance of local health care markets in conjunction with variable public funding results in a national patchwork of "safety nets" and beneficiaries in the United States rather than a uniform system. This DataWatch describes how the recently reorganized Department of Veterans Affairs serves as a coordinated, national safety-net provider and characterizes the veterans who are not supported by the market-based system.

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