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Diabetic patients treated by the Department of Veterans Affairs received better care than diabetics under managed health care plans, according to a study published Aug. 17 by Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers found that diabetics treated by the VA had gained better control over their cholesterol and gotten more frequent blood tests and eye and foot exams than diabetics treated by the managed care groups. The study compared 6,900 diabetics in eight managed care health plans with some 1,300 diabetics in five VA medical centers in California, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. Conclusions published by AIM: