- In retrospect, the veterans’ health and wellbeing has been atstake.
- For instance, it is reported that the military personnel experiencetraumatic events.
- As a result, they are at the risk of developing post-traumatic stressdisorder (PTSD).
- PTSD is one of the anxiety disorders developing as a result of anindividual’s exposure to either a single or series of traumaticevents (Visser-Meily et al., 2013).
- American Public Health Association [APHA] (2015) reaffirms thattrauma and mental illnesses are unreasonably high amongveterans.
- As such, the statutory regulations related to veterans’ health andwellbeing requires policy reform to address the gap.
- Therefore, this presentation advocates for a policy change to allowveterans access to treatment after deployment.
- Objectives of the Presentation:
- To create insight on the need for policyreforms
- To propose alternative strategies to addressthe problem
- To recommend future approaches
DEBATE: POLICY REFORM
- Veterans receive fewer benefits after PTSD diagnosis compared with othergroups of patients (Frueh, Grubaugh, Elhai & Buckley, 2007).
- Overall, the high number veterans with mental illnesses related to traumaindicate the inadequacy of the current policy on veterans’ protection andrights.
- Policy change will address the problems encountered by veterans inaccessing care.
Gaps in the Current Policy
- Department of veterans affairs (VA)requirement for general discharge
- Impact of military culture on care- seeking
- Excessively long waitlist fortreatment (APHA, 2015)
- Lack of consistency between clinicalevidence-based practices with the current VA policies (Cook, 2006)
- Lack of strategies to reduce stigma associated with veterans (APHA, 2015)
Benefits of Policy Change
- Increased access to care by veterans due to the removal of dischargestatus from VA policies
- Improved recruitment and retention of VA clinicians to reduce wait times for care
- Integration of mental health services into primary care
Opposing Arguments and Rebuttal
- High cost of full complement of care to veterans (Stiglitz & Blimes, 2008)
- I counter that Veterans are entitled to on-the-job injuries under the state workers’ and employers compensation framework as per the American law,irrespective of the cost (Occupational Safety and Health Administration, n.d.).
- Demand for health personnel in VA system strains the entire health system
- I counter that veterans require quality care through the single-payer healthsystem (APHA, 2015).
- Discharge status ensures that only veterans of good standing use resources
- I counter that veterans deserve the benefits they earned for risking their healthand lives in military engagements.
- Policy change will allow veterans to access care services after deployment.
- It will address the problems faced by veterans including long wait time,stigma and restrictions by discharge status requirement.
- Health and social care services are the ultimate rewards of defending theinterests of the country by military personnel and veterans.
- APHA (2015). Removing Barriers to Mental Health Services for Veterans. Retrieved from http://www.apha.org/policies-and-advocacy/public-health-policy-statements/policy-database/2015/01/28/14/51/removing-barriers-to-mental-health-services-for-veterans
- Cook, J. A. (2006). Employment barriers for persons with psychiatric disabilities: update of a report for the President’s Commission. Psychiatr Serv., 57, 1391-1405.
- Frueh, B., Grubaugh, A., Elhai, J., & Buckley, T. (2007). US Department ofVeterans Affairs Disability Policies for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder:Administrative Trends and Implications for Treatment, Rehabilitation, andResearch. Am J Public Health, 97(12), 2143-2145. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2007.115436
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (n.d.). Employer responsibilities. Retrieved from https://http://www.osha.gov/as/opa/worker/employer-responsibility.html
- Stiglitz, J., & Blimes, L. (2008). The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict. New York, NY: WW Norton.
- Visser-Meily, J., Rinkel, G., Vergouwen, M., Passier, P., van Zandvoort, M., &Post, M. (2013). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Patients 3 Years afterAneurysmal Subarachnoid Haemorrhage. Cerebrovasc Dis, 36 (2), 126-130.http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000353642
- Quote paper
- Patrick Kimuyu (Author), 2018, The Veterans' Health Policy Change Debate. A Presentation, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/411945