VA Health Care for Women:
In Need of Continued VA Attention
T-HEHS-94-114, Mar 9, 1994
GAO discussed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) efforts to resolve its long-standing problems in meeting the health care needs of women veterans. GAO noted that: (1) VA has repeatedly stressed the need for its facilities to improve health care services for women veterans and has issued guidance to its medical centers to address prior problems; (2) VA has made the most progress in improving privacy for women veterans and has funded 131 projects at a cost of $672 million during the last 3 years and plans 205 additional projects by the end of the century; (3) the VA central office has not effectively monitored field facilities to ensure that they have improved services for women veterans, discussed plans for improving women veterans' cancer screening examinations, or followed through on plans to disseminate information for improving exam thoroughness and mammography services; (4) the VA health reform proposal could improve the thoroughness of women veterans' cancer screening examinations by requiring that each veteran be assigned a primary care physician; and (5) VA progress in improving services for women veterans depends on the leadership provided by individual VA medical center directors.