Veterans Affairs David Shulkin received an additional $2.1 billion for the Veterans Choice Program in a bill passed the beginning of August. Secretary Shulkin said the funds will be used for modernization projects, comprehensive public-private sector partnerships, and construction of new facilities.
As Secretary Shulkin stated: “I think health care’s changed to become more ambulatory and people are getting more care using technology at home. We are trying to build a modern system, not replicating an old system.”
He also said that partnerships are important when veterans cannot get care through the VA, either because they live too far away from the nearest VA facility, or the wait times at their nearest VA facility are too long.
Secretary Shulkin further stressed the necessity of working more closely with the Department of Defense to obtain electronic health records to speed up the process of receiving care.