Are patients at Veterans Affairs medical centers sicker? A comparative analysis of health status and medical resource use.

@article{Agha2000ArePA,
  title={Are patients at Veterans Affairs medical centers sicker? A comparative analysis of health status and medical resource use.},
  author={Zia Agha and Richard P. Lofgren and Jerome V VanRuiswyk and Peter Mark Layde},
  journal={Archives of internal medicine},
  year={2000},
  volume={160 21},
  pages={3252-7}
}
BACKGROUND The Veterans Affairs (VA) health system has been criticized for being inefficient based on comparisons of VA care with non-VA care. Whether such comparisons are biased by differences between the VA patient population and the non-VA patient population is not known. Our objective is to determine if VA patients are different from non-VA patients in terms of health status and medical resource use. METHOD We analyzed 128,099 records from the National Health Interview Survey for the… CONTINUE READING