By Jose Borbon
A transition official revealed that the president-elect is considering a “public-private option” for veteran health care, this option would allow some veterans to get their medical care from private physicians, with the government paying the bill.
“It’s one of the options on the table” the official said. “Definitely an option on the table to have a system where potentially vets can choose either or, or all private”
Donald Trump met with health care executives to discuss the future of VA services. That meeting included Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Crosgrove, he has publicly backed plans to expand veterans’ access to alternative options other than VA, arguing that it will free up specialists for patients with service-specific injuries while allowing faster appointments for other veterans.
During the campaign, Trump promised to “ensure every veteran in America has the choice to seek care at the VA, or to seek private medical care paid for by our government”
Some veteran groups have expressed their concerns, arguing that it could undermine VA care by shifting resources away from department physicians best suited to diagnose and treat ailments, others questioned how such a plan would work and what the potential costs would be.
It is not clear yet if Trump’s latest proposal would cover all veterans or just the ones currently receiving VA care.
Mr. Trump is considering this option before picking the next secretary of veterans affairs and transition officials have not said when Trump is expected to make the announcement on his VA secretary pick.