October 23, 2019 2 min read

how to improve healthcare for veterans

It’s no secret that one of the biggest challenges after military service is healthcare. It is a huge challenge that the entire nation of America is still struggling with. So the question remains – how can we improve health care for veterans in America? Here are a couple things happening right now that is pushing the healthcare industry forward for veterans:

  1. Transportation

A lot of veterans will end up delaying their healthcare due to one main reason: transportation. Studies show that nearly 3 out of 10 veterans cite transportation as the main reason why they have not gotten medical treatment through their healthcare provider. Some veterans live up to 100 miles away from the nearest facility which means getting there is a big ordeal. Luckily, there are numerous organizations working to solve this exact issue such as the Volunteers of America North Louisiana and even The Seniors’ Resource center here in our home town of Denver. However, more healthcare facilities for veterans are needed in order to full address this issue. If you’re looking to make an impact in health care for veterans in America, consider looking into transportation needs.

  1. AI Tech and Suicides

AI tech is actually starting to show up in diagnostic data which helps predict future behaviors, symptoms, and appropriate treatments to help prevent suicide. The benefit of using AI is that it can take a lot of data and process it quickly and effectively. Thankfully, the industry is also finally transferring outdated paper records to electronic health records (EHRs). This improves overall processes and can get veteran’s the help they need faster. Apps have also risen to help veterans with their treatment! Technology and apps is another great area to investigate and see how it can improve health care for American veterans

  1. Gender Disparity

Women have certainly gone from the sidelines to the front lines over the past century or so. The unfortunate thing is, they are twice as likely to develop PTSD and suffer from military sexual trauma (MST). However, females are much less likely to report symptoms and seek help. Women are the fastest growing demographic in the VA community which makes this issue very important. Often times, people forget that it takes effort from three fronts: the VA community, the public, and the healthcare system. If veterans aren’t reporting their symptoms, it is difficult to help them. If the public doesn’t encourage their veteran family members or friends to seek help, it is difficult to help them. If the healthcare system isn’t robust enough to handle these, it is really difficult to help them. One way you can help in this scenario is to encourage female veterans to seek help if needed. Don’t ignore PTSD symptoms, it is never too late to seek treatment. In 1988, the women’s health services was founded to provide healthcare to women veterans of equitable value and quality. 

All in all, there are so many ways for you to assist the VA community and advance healthcare. Research is always being conducted in various areas to help improve VA healthcare. Ultimately, we just need to keep at it and we’ll continue developing until we reach our goals and treat all veterans appropriately.

Troy Malesky
Troy Malesky

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