"If you take a look at how the VHA system works, it's much more flexible getting drugs that are not on the list than the private plans are. And so people get the worst of all worlds: They have a more rigid formulary under Medicare, and the prices are much higher."
Ron Pollack FUSA
"Who do you think receives higher-quality health care. Medicare patients who are free to pick their own doctors and specialists? Or aging veterans stuck in those presumably filthy VA hospitals with their antiquated equipment, uncaring administrators, and incompetent staff? An answer came in 2003, when the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine published a study that compared veterans health facilities on 11 measures of quality with fee-for-service Medicare. On all 11 measures, the quality of care in veterans facilities proved to be "significantly better."
Philip Longman, Washington Monthly, 2005 from an article The Best Care Anywhere that boasted: "Ten years ago, veterans hospitals were dangerous, dirty, and scandal-ridden. Today, they're producing the highest quality care in the country. Their turnaround points the way toward solving America's health-care crisis."