May 10, 2007 3:00 AM

A mixed record

Many studies tout the quality of the Department of Veterans Affairs health system based on what researchers call the process of health care; for example, how regularly important tests are performed. The VA does well on those measures. There are fewer studies documenting the outcomes of the agencys health care. That is: Do patients in the VA system do better or live longer? There, the record is mixed.

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