Health Care for Veterans: The Limits of Obligation
Levinsky, Norman G.
Hastings Center Report. 1986 Aug; 16(4): 10-15.
Levinsky maintains that, while the federal government has an obligation to provide health care for veterans with service-connected disabilities, the term "service-connected" may be too broadly interpreted. He rejects the contention that government payment for nonservice-connected care is an obligation of society and asserts that veterans should have no special privileges in this regard. The author views the debate about whether veterans over age 65 should be subject to a means test as a red herring--all citizens should receive health care regardless of military status. However, he acknowledges that the system of Veterans Administration hospitals will probably be retained even though extended health insurance coverage through Medicare would enable many veterans to obtain care within the regular health care system. (KIE abstract)
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