The VA Private Health Plan is Running out of Money
Weeks after a veterans’ health initiative received $2.1 billion in emergency funding, the Trump administration says the private-sector Veterans Choice health care program may need additional money as early as December to avoid a disruption of care for hundreds of thousands of veterans.
Veterans Choice currently allows veterans to receive outside care if they must wait 30 days or more for an appointment or drive more than 40 miles to a VA facility.
The fact that veterans have been able to spend over $2 billion dollars using private healthcare shows just how great the demand is to forego this system and depend on the free market.
This trend in the military mirrors free market solutions in the private sector such as UMA Health which allows patients to avoid being locked in to insurance or other one-size-fits all plans which do not suit the needs of all individuals.
The New York-based company was set up to give choice to the people who truly need care and cannot otherwise afford it or are at risk of being bankrupted by never-ending insurance bills they never knew they were going to receive.
UMA Health allows patients to shop for procedures or doctor visits based on price, distance, ratings and availability. Patients skip insurance and save money in the process.