High Cost Of Veterans Healthcare
Government benefits are meant to last a long time and pay for things such as Social Security, unemployment, and veterans benefits. Many people fight for their country in hopes that they will receive good benefits once they retire. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
It’s costing a lot more than expected to take care of veterans. Since 9/11, more than 4 million veterans have served in wars. When service members are discharged from active duty, their healthcare needs are taken care of by the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The cost of caring for these veterans has increased dramatically since 2001. The VA has had to adjust its budget accordingly.
So far this year, the total costs for healthcare and disability benefits has reached $107.5 billion. By 2050, this number is expected to reach $2.2 trillion. The budget request for the upcoming fiscal year is supposed to reach $269 billion. This is a 10% increase from last year.
Of this amount, as much as $117 billion could be set aside as discretionary money for healthcare and benefits. This is the second-largest discretionary budget in the federal government, with only the Pentagon’s budget larger.
Costs will continue to increase as this population ages. Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are now around 35 years old, on average. By 2050, they will be the oldest demographic. They will also be the largest group of veterans.
But even though the VA has received a huge influx of money since 9/11, unfortunately, veterans aren’t seeing it. Many are dealing with the physical, emotional, and psychological effects of serving their country. However, getting the medical care they need is next to impossible. Veterans may not have a VA clinic near their home. Long wait times may prevent them from getting care.
In some cases, veterans are simply never told about the benefits they can expect to receive as they transition to civilian life. Fifty years ago, hardly anyone in the service knew about the VA once they were discharged. Fortunately, that has changed, so the VA has made some strides there.
Still, there are issues with the VA today. While many have very few problems getting appointments and receiving medical treatment, others aren’t so lucky, hitting one roadblock after another. In any case, the system is flawed. Many veterans spend their time either sitting in a waiting room or on a telephone on hold.
Learn More About Veterans Benefits
Veterans are getting older and living longer, and this is putting a strain on healthcare resources. The VA is facing budgetary issues, which means veterans may not be getting the healthcare they need.
If you’re a veteran, you might not be getting the benefits you worked so hard to earn. Seek legal help from White Plains veterans disability benefits lawyer Michael Lawrence Varon. We can help you file a claim and assist you in understanding your options. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 914-294-2145 or filling out the online form.