This plan supports our priority of providing Veterans timely, world-class healthcare. Here’s a few things those targeted funds will allow us to do: It will allow us to ensure that our 9.3 million enrolled Veterans will not have healthcare delayed. The pandemic has resulted in 19.7 million cancelled, delayed or moved appointments. These changes are not only taxing on our Veterans—they may also result in additional costs, forced cancellation, and delays. The plan will allow the Veterans Health Administration and our Information Technology team to sustain and expand telehealth capabilities critical for video-to-home telehealth visits.
VA’s Secretary of Veterans Affairs outlined a series of major improvements undertaken at the DC VA Medical Center in the 11 months following an Inspector General interim report that was critical of the medical center.
The conference, organized by the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, provided an opportunity to build relationships between the administration, state, local, and tribal leaders who are leading efforts to better serve Veterans.
The secretary used the opportunity to discuss his five priorities for the department and highlight some of the progress made under his watch – while stressing to the Veterans service organizations his commitment to transparency.
"As a physician I tend to look at things in terms of the way I was trained – assess, diagnose, and then aggressively treat the patient,” VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin said before outlining the current state of VA, clearly identifying risks the department faces in caring for Veterans.