Chairperson and Distinguished Members of the Commission on Care:
Thank you for the opportunity to address your Commission this morning.
I am here as a practicing physician who has spent 45 years with the VA, and as the President of the National Association of Veteran Administration Physicians and Dentists usually referred to as NAVAPD.
NAVAPD is the official national organization of VA physicians and dentists who proudly serve our nation's veterans. Our nonprofit organization is dedicated to improving the quality of patient care in the VA health care system and ensuring the doctor-patient relationship is maintained and strengthened. In fact, our bylaws state that “NAVAPD has as its highest priority the preservation and strengthening of the VA Health Care Delivery System so that it is able at all times to give veterans quality medical care equal to or better than can be obtained elsewhere in our society.” I appear today in pursuit of that purpose.
Read entire statement here: Commission – Spagnolo formal testimony January 21, 2016