Edward J. Derwinski
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To the Editors: I read with great interest the recent article on access to health care (1). I want to set the record straight about some of the cost figures presented in the article. The authors state that during the period from 1970 to 1987, "... the cost of government, public health activities (including spending by the Public Health Service, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs) increased by a factor of 10.5" (1). This statement presents an impression of historical medical care costs for government entities in general, and for the VA in particular, which I
Derwinski EJ. Cost of VA Medical Care. Ann Intern Med. ;113:639–640. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-8-639_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(8):639-640.
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