U.S. Senator Rand Paul says a more hybrid approach is needed in providing health care to the nation’s veterans. He told a veterans group in Bowling Green on Wednesday that they should be able to get more care locally.
Speaking at the Joint Executive Committee of Veterans Organizations meeting, Senator Paul said the nation can’t keep building billion-dollar VA hospitals and that much of the care veterans receive could come from their local doctors.
"I think if you have a war-related injury like an amputation, a gunshot, a burn, post-traumatic stress, I think the VA hospital should specialize in those things," Paul said. "If you need routine care, and the military has promised to give it to you, maybe we should do it locally and it might be less expensive and more convenient for the veteran."
Senator Paul has said the quality of care at VA hospitals is good, but their distribution of health care is bad. He said treatment is often rationed through long waiting lists under the single-payer military health insurance system.