More improvements in VA healthcare on the way - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/9/09

More improvements in VA healthcare on the way

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - President Obama announced a plan Thursday to streamline healthcare for wounded veterans. 

Under the plan, electronic records would follow service members throughout their military career and afterward, when they enter the VA medical system. That's a big deal, because right now, even though there are electronic records available they stay where they're recorded and can't interact with other medical centers. 

President Obama said Thursday, "When a member of the Armed Forces separates from the military, he or she will no longer have to walk paperwork from a DOD duty station to a local VA health center; their electronic records will transition along with them and remain with them forever." 

The program will be included in the Defense Department's plan to spend $47 billion on health care in the next fiscal year. 

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