EPISODE 9 | 43:32 min
S1E9 | Insights on cancer care from running the VA
It is a sprawling, complex care system with an often-fragmented patient experience, a complex cost structure and an empowered, informed patient base. The largest integrated hospital network in the nation, devoted to caring for our nation’s heroes, the Veterans Affairs system shares some key commonalities with the cancer care community, and few can speak to those insights better than the ninth Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, David J. Shulkin, MD. On the eve of Veterans Day 2020, Secretary Shulkin sits down with the host of Focus on Cancer, Pat Basu, MD, MBA, President & CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), to discuss his work at the VA, the strides that have been made in veteran health care, what’s needed to fix remaining challenges—and how many of those lessons can be applied to cancer care.