Legal constraints and alternatives in the Veterans Administration
The Veterans Administration is a federal system that has functioned, so far, independently of state and local laws and rules. The system has proven flexible, however, as it has adjusted to meet needs perceived within its organization where legal justification has been found. The impact of the overall health care system in the United States is beginning to be felt within the Veterans Administration as the possibility of national health insurance implementation may greatly affect the number and kinds of patients seen in the hospitals. The response of the Veterans Administration system will have to be within its legal framework and an understanding of the relationship between the actual operation of the system and the law will be necessary. More and better understanding of the practical impact of external programs such as comprehensive health planning, manpower training and licensing laws will be necessary for the Veterans Administration to successfully adjust within the United States' health care framework.
KeywordsUnited States Health Planning National Health Insurance Legal Framework Insurance Implementation
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