PHOENIX — The Department of Veterans Affairs is moving to outsource care
nationwide for up to 180,000 veterans who have hepatitis C, a serious
blood and liver condition treated with expensive new drugs that are
costing the government billions of dollars.
The VA has spent weeks
developing a dramatic and controversial transition as patient loads
have surged and funding has run out. Those efforts were not disclosed
until records were released this week to The Arizona Republic.
on how to carry out the program show that the sickest veterans
generally will get top priority for treatment. However, patients who
have less than a year to live or who suffer "severe irreversible
cognitive impairment" will not be eligible for treatment.
Labels: Access, costs of treatment, Treatment, VA (Veterans Affairs)