For quality, it's hard to top veterans' health care

Tuesday - 6/22/2010, 3:19pm EDT

Where can you find the highest quality health care in the U.S.? There isn't one single answer, but believe it or not, many studies and independent experts point to the Veterans Health Administration as among the best. MarketWatch explains that the VA's own system-wide electronic health record, sophisticated quality-measurement tools, a coordinated approach to care, long relationships with patients and close ties to teaching hospitals, which supply a steady stream of medical residents. Some other health systems also provide excellent patient care, and every place has it weaknesses, but the VA generally stands out on quality.

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