Some VA Cancer Care Better Than Private Sector Care

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system has come a long way in recent years, and currently srves more than 6 million veterans and their families.

Improving the VA health care system included putting more focus on not only long-term care, but preventative care as well. Those improvements have made the VA’s system at least as good as any private care currently provided. In some instances, VA care surpasses privately offered care.

A recent study focusing solely on cancer care confirmed that claim. In many areas, VA cancer care surpasses private sector care for those beneficiaries of free-for-service Medicare patients. At the same time, the VA is lagging in adopting some new and expensive technologies used in the treatment of prostate cancer.

The study focused on the following types of cancers:


  • lymphoma;
  • multiple myeloma;
  • colorectal;
  • prostate; and
  • lung.

The study’s subjects were male, at least 65-years-old, and received treatment between 2001 and 2004 in the VA medical system. Researchers compared those results with those of patients in the same demographic receiving care for cancer under Medicare’s free-for-service benefit.

The study’s results painted a very favorable picture for VA health care as to the effectiveness of their specialized cancer care. Researchers go even further to suggest much of the VA’s health care system can be used as a model by the private sector.

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