Vietnam and All Veterans of Florida
V.A. Card Proposal
Enigma Sadness (part 1)
FIRST and Foremost. The VA allocation of funds is based on a Antiquated system which is Political in nature and protected by States that do not want it to Change. This is a Major problem for Veterans moving around the Country to new Area's. The Existing system strains the resources of the “New” populated choice of residence States. Further detail can be given.
As you know every Veteran that receives treatment at a VA facility, either
at a clinic, or a Hospital, they must present their VA identification
card. This card is very similar to a regular credit card. It has your
claim number embossed on the front, and a magnetic strip across the back.
For safeguard, the newer cards have your picture on the front of the card.
With a few items added to this card, such as, a Scannable thumb print, (along with an incorporated chip such as used by the new credit Cards). These new cards could help reduce fraud, and could be used the same way a credit card is used in the private sector.
The magnetic strip, or chip could contain information such as Date of Birth,
sex, claim number, race, place of birth, etc., with important medical info such as,
allergies to Medications, blood type, Etc..
The VA Facility Staff would have a multitude of work lifted off their
shoulders at check in, and the Veteran would receive better service.
When the Veteran checks in to the VA Facility, his/her card could be
swiped, or read similar to a credit card. This would start a process in the VA
facility that would track the costs of the treatments received by the
Veteran. Upon being treated, the Veteran could then validate what he/she
received by checking off a computer generated printout of his/her treatment.
If any explanation of a treatment, or procedure is needed, the Veteran could
have it explained for clarification, or the Veteran could challenge if they
felt said procedure was not done. This would reduce the "Padding of the Bill"
The Veteran could then validate the list, and sign off if the list was correct.
The Veterans signature would be the same as when you sign a credit card
receipt. It authorizes payment. From here the information is processed by
computer, and the funds for the services are delegated for payment to that
facility. Each month or quarter this Facility could then receive the funds
to pay for the running of that facility.
The benefits to this idea are numerous i.e.
The first benefit is that Veteran's who are on the move, traveling, or
visiting, would not be burdening facilities with limited funds to treat
him/her while they are away from home. Fraud would be minimized by the
information carried in the card. Charges that are made by the facility
would have to be acknowledged by the Veteran. And, the Veteran would get
to feel useful in taking responsibility and checking what the facility is
trying to get paid for.
Although some of the VA funds are not spent on treatment, and care, this
would streamline that section of the budget, and the monies would go to
where they are needed. This would also help the VA know where there is a
need for facilities, and where they need to be closed down, due to lack of
By following the process it would also allow the veteran to receive their
travel pay by check, since it confirms they made the trip to the treatment facility, eliminating
the need of the Veteran to fill out additional paperwork. Currently If the Veteran fails to do this
they do not receive travel pay, or if it is filled out incorrectly, the Veteran
is denied the travel pay. The current system ( dependant on which State you live in)
is not uniform across America which it should be.
If just some of this were adopted it would give the VA a better understanding of costs, needs, and the correct amount of funding required, all in one step.
Using this information and a base line for increased cost based on increases in the civilian world, Congress would be able to fund the VA Medical needs more accurately. Other spending for facilities are based on need, and bid cost which gives numbers automatically.
Requirements for buildings, and bids should go through a team of experts, who also consult with outside physicians in the design of facilities before any proposed bid goes out, cutting the need for changes which increase overall costs. I know I was a State Licensed Contractor.
This is just a basic outline, but a guaranteed improvement should it be adopted.
To see the statistics of the States read this or go here( this is a Microsoft Excel file )
National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (VA)Expenditures Geographic Distribution of VA Expenditures.. This report details VA expenditures at the state, county, and Congressional District level. It includes categories for Compensation and Pension, Construction, Insurance, and Medical Care. Veteran population estimates and the number of unique patients who used VA health care services are also available.
States with the largest Veterans Population: 1)California, = 1,802,451 Expenditures $14,938,931 2)Texas. = 1,675,262 Expenditures $14,812,595 3) Florida, = 1,558,441 Expenditures $12,276,145
This is just an outline. Further information can be given in detail to any Congressman or Senator willing to pick up this Challenge to make a better system to Service the Men and Women who sacrificed for there Great Country.
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