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June 19, 2014 at 12:05 PM

VA scandal: Private care can reduce travel distance, waits

An excellent column on “Socialized system caused VA issues” [Opinion, June 17] by guest columnist Roger Stark, a health-care policy analyst at the Washington Policy Center, who is also a retired physician.

He has very valid points leading to: “There is no reason to duplicate our excellent private health-care system with a cumbersome, costly, inefficient government-run system.” From the various military magazines and papers I subscribe to, I see the comments from many veterans who have to travel 100 miles or more to get to a Veterans Affairs hospital to get their care, when good private care is just around the corner from them.

Free care to veterans can be provided through various means that Stark suggested, and would get them out of the crowded waiting rooms I have seen in the local VA hospital — for those who have gotten appointments. Free enterprise works, if we get big government out of trying to do the job of private enterprise.

Larry Brickman, Bellevue

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