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The State of Men's Health Services in the Veterans Health Administration.
Fenstermaker M, Paknikar S, Rambhatla A, Ohl DA, Skolarus TA, Dupree JM. The State of Men's Health Services in the Veterans Health Administration. Current urology reports. 2017 Sep 18; 18(11):88.
PURPOSE OF REVIEW:
For many diseases that place a large burden on our health care system, men often have worse health outcomes than women. As the largest single provider of health care to men in the USA, the Veterans Health Administration (VA) has the potential to serve as leader in the delivery of improved men's health care to address these disparities.
The VA system has made recent strides in improving benefits for aspects of men's health that are traditionally poorly covered, such as treatment for male factor infertility. Despite this, review of Quality Enhancement Research Initiatives (QUERIs) within the VA system reveals few efforts to integrate disparate areas of care into a holistic men's health program. Policies to unify currently disparate aspects of men's health care will ensure that the VA remains a progressive model for other health care systems in the USA.