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As the largest integrated health care provider in the United States, the Department of Veterans Affairs faces significant challenges in ensuring access to high quality health care for military veterans. RAND has a wealth of expertise in health policy research, which informs its analyses related to the medical care needs of military veterans and their families, as well as the care systems intended to meet them.

  • Veterans waiting for their appointments at the VA Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre/Reuters

    Commentary

    Did We Improve Veterans Health Care? It's Unclear

    May 24, 2016

    The Veterans Choice program was designed to expedite veterans' access to health care and relieve pressure on the VA system. Before making the program permanent, the VA should better understand its effectiveness.

  • A young man in a wheelchair, photo by Peter Atkins/Fotolia

    Report

    Balancing Demand and Supply for Veterans' Health Care

    Feb 4, 2016

    What are veterans' demographics and health care needs and how might these evolve? What resources and capacity to deliver health care does the Department of Veterans Affairs have and how might this impact veterans' access? What should policymakers consider when examining changes to VA's use of purchased care?

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