How Many More Veterans Have to Die Waiting for VA Care?
By Andrea Billups
Problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs extend far beyond the recent disclosure that 40 veterans died while awaiting medical appointments in Phoenix.
Veteran’s Files Gathering Dust While Veteran’s Die Waiting For Care. Image Courtesy of http://www.craigconnects.org
The VA said in its April 2014 Fact Sheet that 23 veterans suffering from cancer died while awaiting medical appointments at VA hospitals throughout the system, while another 53 patients suffered some type of harm as a result of “consult” delays in gastrointestinal cancer screenings, including routine but life-saving colonoscopies.
News of the most recent deaths and poor standard of care given to veterans adds to a growing list of complaints leveled at the agency by critics, including hospital staff coverups, manipulation of data, lack of transparency, and lengthy delays for beneficiaries. The recent disclosures also come on the heels of reports…
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