The VA Health Care System: An Unrecognized National Safety Net

Nancy J. Wilson, Kenneth W Kizer

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-204
Number of pages5
JournalHealth Affairs
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Nursing(all)
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions(all)


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