Friday, November 03, 2006

Is VA health care the best?

Time magazine thinks it is. Time writer Douglas Waller extols the VA’s electronic medical record, cites this study which showed lower mortality rates among VA patients, and hints that it may be an argument for government run health care.

The problem with such thinking is that the study, published in the April issue of Medical Care, is the comparison group: Medicare Advantage, another government run health plan loaded down with the added baggage of managed care.

Nevertheless it will be spun in opposition to the free market.

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