Americans are fed up with the poor treatment our military veterans are receiving through the troubled U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system. According to Gallup, 87 percent of Americans say it is “extremely” or “very important” that the federal government fix the problems plaguing the VA and improve health care services for veterans. Texas physicians agree, and are doing something about it.
At the urging of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to ask President Obama to provide timely access to care for eligible veterans using the health care sector outside of the VA health care system until the VA can provide care in a timely fashion. AMA also will urge Congress to enact long-term solutions rapidly so veterans can always have timely access to entitled care.
“It is tragic that our veterans have been forced to wait for the health care they need and deserve, so Texas physicians and our colleagues across the nation want to help care for them until the VA can right the ship,” said TMA President Austin King, MD.
As part of this plan, TMA is creating a registry of private physicians across the state who are willing to see veterans in their offices. TMA will share the registry (name, specialty, office address, and phone number) with community groups that work with Texas veterans and with medical directors of VA facilities in Texas. If you are a Texas physician, sign up today for the registry. Check the “I am willing to serve veterans” box and click “SAVE.” Or call the TMA Knowledge Center at (800) 880-7955.