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If you are a healthcare worker one would expect that you have some knowledge of the germ theory and understand how diseases are transmitted. Further, if you voluntarily travel to a disease hotspot to provide aid, you must understand the implications of this decision. One implication is that you might get the disease. Another is that you might infect others. The first is certainly the prerogative of a sentient adult. The second, to the extent that it is preventable, is not. Physicians take an oath which includes the exhortation to "first do no harm". Given a disease that kills up to 70% of its victims, the potential harm is great. Any healthcare worker who does not voluntarily agree to self imposed quarantine should: 1) not be enlisted by aid agencies and not transported to the countries in question on agency money. 2) be considered for mandated quarantine by state or federal authorities. 3) if it is demonstrated that they knowingly put others at risk (e.g. the physician in NYC) should have a licence hearing by their state board of examiners.
The VA has underperformed the private sector for decades. The way to fix the VA is to take it out of the provider business. Give veterans vouchers to purchase insurance policies and let them obtain care where they want.
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