U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday met with leaders of the nation’s top nonprofit hospital systems to discuss plans to overhaul healthcare system for veterans.
After the meeting, a senior transition official told reporters that they discussed a range of options, including public-private partnerships and allowing veterans to more readily visit hospitals outside the existing Veterans Affairs system.
However, some veteran advocacy groups have warned that any move to expand access to health care outside the government-run hospitals may weaken the system through privatization.
As the VA system spends nearly $70 billion annually on medical care, allowing veterans to more readily visit hospitals outside the system would potentially be a windfall to private hospitals.
The list attendees include John Noseworthy, CEO of the Mayo Clinic; David Torchiana, CEO of Partners HealthCare; and Toby Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic; and Paul Rothman, CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Mr. Rothman said the meeting with Mr. Trump reflected his recognition of the decisive value of healthcare and biomedical research to the U.S.
Hopkins said in a statement, “Johns Hopkins Medicine remains committed to improving health outcomes for patients, families and communities across the country.
The President-elect and Republican leaders of U.S. Congress have vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which is commonly known as Obamacare. However, it wasn’t immediately clear whether this issue was discussed during the meeting.