Summary of Issued GAO Reports Relating to Health Care for Veterans

HRD-77-138: Published: Aug 25, 1977. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 1977.

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Previous GAO reports on health care for veterans dealt with Veterans Administration facilities, staffing, hospital care, and medical school affiliations.

In a review of VA contracts with architect-engineering firms, recommendations were made to better determine a firm's responsibility for deficiencies. In a report on methodology for determining needs for beds in hospitals, it was recommended that a GAO model be used. In a review of problems in recruiting and retaining physicians and dentists, some recruiting problems were noted, but a surplus was found to exist in some agencies. No widespread problems were found in staffing of health care workers, but problems were noted relating to different pay systems. Better use of outpatient services and improvements in management of specialized medical services were recommended. Reevaluation was suggested of services relating to open heart surgery and cardiac catheterization laboratories. New criteria were recommended for the use of drugs for psychiatric patients. Conversion of a VA hospital to a teaching hospital was examined from the point of view of compliance with regulations for disposal of federally owned land.

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