Review Finds Discrepancies in VA Care for Men,Women

Associated Press

June 13, 2008 – A review by the Department of Veterans Affairs finds that women veterans aren’t receiving the same quality of outpatient care as men at about one-third of its facilities.

The review obtained by The Associated Press appears to validate the complaints of advocates and some members of Congress who have said the health care system needs to focus more on women veterans.

Women make up about 5 percent of the VA’s population, but that number is expected to nearly double in the next two years as more women return home from Iraq and Afghanistan and seek care.

The review notes that the VA has created women’s clinics in many hospitals, but it says more clinicians need to be trained in women’s care and more equipment focused on women’s health is needed.

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