As a nation we are experincing a shortage of general practioners (the good old family doctors who are like the foot soldiers in the health care system). The last few years I have had several hospital stays and the regular staff is cut back to the bare minimum, obviously the hospital profit margin is the primary concern there. And for all of those who make the big talk about how much we owe our veterans for their service and sacrifices (and there are a lot of veterans out there who really need medical assistance) how about backing up that talk with making the financial commitments needed to give these people what they need? Golly, maybe we have to raise taxes a bit to pay for this stuff. But who is willing to make such a sacrifice like that? Especially among the ones who have the financial ability to pay a little bit more in taxes.
The problem here is that the current Republican Party is pretty much opposed to this, when it comes time to actually put up the money. They'll wave the flag and salute the military and all that, but won't pay for it. Additionally, all politicians and 99% of Americans do not understand that when you put someone in uniform, you just made a potential 70 year committment. This is much more so when those personnel are sent into harm's way where the likilhood of permanent disability significantly increases.
A war is not a trillion dollar a year expense for a few years, it is a trillion dollar a year committment for 70 years. DOD and VA are still providing benefits and medical care to WW II veterans or their beneficiaries. They earned and deserve it, but it cost money.
As veterans and military retirees and their spouses age, the cost increases.
On a different tack, notice how hospitals have no problem funding the medical and support staff needed for high profit procedures? How many TV, magazin, newspaper and billboard ads have you sent for heart surgery, joint replacements, ad infinitum? Make no mistake about it, there are NO "non-profit" hospitals. The income goes to well paid administrative staff, doctors, nurses, and so forth. While true that certain departments and their staff will be underfunded.