Older men treated for colon cancer at VA hospitals appear to be living longer than those getting their care under other circumstances.
That’s the finding reported by researchers following a new study, and it is being seen as a testament to greater efficiency in Veterans Affairs administration. Cancer survival rates for older men treated at VA facilities were measured against rates involving men of similar age covered by Medicare in general
The researchers attribute better survival prospects to VA reforms started in the mid-1990s that made patient care more coordinated, strengthened preventative care and ushered in advanced techniques.
Among the latter, for example, was a switch to electronic medical records, so that a patient could be treated at a VA hospital in California one day and the next day receive treatment at a VA hospital in New York.
“It seems like the VA is doing a good job of taking care of veterans,” said May Beth Landrum of the Harvard Medical School in Boston. She was the lead author of the report on the study’s findings.
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