By Sanjay Saint
University of Michigan 

A VA hospital you may not know: the Final Salute, and how much we doctors care


March 30, 2018

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(THE CONVERSATION) Death is never easy. Even when expected, a person’s death leaves a void for those who remain. As a physician, it is especially difficult for me when one of my patients dies.

I practice medicine at one of America’s approximately 160 Veterans Affairs hospitals, so my patients are all veterans. The VA system – the largest integrated health care system in the United States – cares for approximately 9 million veterans, men and women who were willing to sacr...

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