The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is likely to have an unintended negative fallout on health care for many veterans in the US, said Kenneth W. Kizer, director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement at UC Davis Health System. This was reported in medicalxpress.com.
The ACA otherwise slated to expand health insurance coverage for low-income persons through Medicaid and state health-insurance exchanges, 'will affect health care for many veterans through its effects on access, fragmentation and quality of care, utilization of services, the health-care workforce and cost. We need to define and quantify the potential impacts that additional health-insurance choices from the Affordable Care Act will have on the delivery of health-care services for veterans in 2014,' Kizer said.
He presented his views and recommended that evaluating services be ready by 2014, in the Journal of the American Medical Association dated 22 February 2012.
Kizer believes that the option of having more health-insurance plans in the ACA can cause diminishing continuity and coordination of care, resulting in more emergency department use, hospitalizations, diagnostic interventions and adverse events.
Seven percent of US veterans presently have no health insurance.