This paper provides an historical overview of the modern Veterans Administration (VA) healthcare system and describes the multiple missions of the VA — patient care, health professions education, research, and medical preparedness. The VA's reform plan, which addresses issues related to decentralization, management and oversight, resource allocation, eligibility reform, and primary/ambulatory care, is also described and discussed. Challenges facing the VA as it transitions to a greater focus on prevention, primary care, and care management are also addressed.
Skydell, Barbara, "Restructuring the VA Health Care System: Safety Net, Training, and Other Considerations" (1998). National Health Policy Forum. Paper 6.