Key Findings Details
Racial Difference in the Use of VA Health Services
Chichun Fang, Kenneth M. Langa, Helen Levy and David Weir
- Veterans who are more than 65 years old or who have health insurance coverage through employment are less likely to use VA services.
- The perception regarding quality of services delivered in VA versus non-VA facilities also strongly affects VA usage.
- Black veterans tend to have more favorable views about VA, and a sizable portion of racial difference in usage can be attributed to the racial difference in perception.
- We show that the health care services delivered in VA are at least partially substituted by services obtained in other channels, and attitudinal factors play important roles in usage.
- Our findings provide insights to estimate the future demand for VA services and to improve the racial disparity in utilization.