Skip to comments.VA Hides Names of Hospitals Where Vets Died From Delays FOIA experts say docs wrongly withheld
Posted on 03/30/2014 5:50:46 AM PDT by blueyon
"VA Hides Names of Hospitals Where Vets Died From Delays FOIA experts say docs wrongly withheld"
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) blocked the release of the names of hospitals where 19 veterans died because of delays in medical screenings, leading to calls for transparency from news outlets and a bipartisan group of Capitol Hill lawmakers.
Earlier this month, the VA denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from Tampa Tribune reporter Howard Altman, who had been investigating the deaths.
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There are some good people at the VA, but they need to fire everyone at the top to give that outfit a sense of urgency.
They also need a serious FBI investigation into the way they deal with disability claims. They act like the mafia. They aren’t just slow. There’s something criminal going on.
The VA in the United States is a government run healthcare system just like NHS in England with its scandalous lack of service to patients that has led to deaths.
Better healthcare for veterans would equal private healthcare for veterans.
My father has received care at VA hospitals in CA, TX, KS, AL, TN, VA, and MD and the only place he had less than stellar care was in Baltimore, MD which is famous for its bad service because of lousy leadership and an entitled nurse corps. He LOVES the care and respect he gets and says one bad apple shouldn’t ruin the bunch!
Coming to your local HOSPITAL UNDER OBAMACARE!
Just dismantle the system and turn it over to an HMO.
It ain’t only in Florida, kiddos.
The V.A. “healthcare system” in Louisiana, never put right after Hurricane Katrina, has had its shares of similar troubles, ande they are again, only whispers that the V.A. will deny.
The ‘major’ hospital was located in New Orleans, prior to Hurricane Katrina. They just started building a new one, last year, eight blocks up the street. You would think that, at least, they would do that, on more solid-above-water-ground, would you not?
AS being a patient, and having worked within the V.A. system, both before and after Katrina, in Louisiana, I can say that there has been more money spent on renovating, refacing, and redesigning the V.A. buildings, while cutting services to the veterans.
We have to provide our own transportation, if the need for radiological care, surgery, and other medical care, to the distant facilities now giving that care.
From my humble abode in Central Louisiana, I could be shipped off to Little Rock, AR; Houston, TX; Jackson, MS, or who knows where, and I have to pay for the transportation, (I live alone and have no family nor car), out of my pocket, first. It USED to be that there were V.A. hospital shuttles, that would transport folks from the V.A. hospital (how they got there was their own feat), and drive to those afore-mentioned hospitals, and drive back, if it were an outpatient thing. They stopped that, unless I am bedridden or in a wheelchaor, only.
That’s your tax dollars at work, folks.
I cannot put to rest, the silly notion that it is the Obama Administration’s, and Obama’s personally, war of attrition upon me, and my fellow veterans.
A nation that is 17 trillion dollars in the hole needs to find better ways to do things that are less expensive and less bureaucratic for the sake of the veterans and all Americans.
You are absolutely right. The NHS and the VA here are what the whole US healthcare apparatus will look like once the full effects of Obamacare are realized.
I hope Justice Roberts never gets another night’s sleep as long as he lives.
As civilian healthcare goes government, what did we think would happen to an already government run system?
Our country is beyond screwed and so are our veterans, retirees, active duty, reservists, national guard and all categories’ dependents. All of them are expendable and hence easily discarded by a fickle government. Sad...
Does this cover suicides as well? I was at the VA here in chicagoland, and a young vet killed himself in the parking lot. The information shared with me was that this poor sad young man was forced to wait, and wait, and wait some more to speak to any counselor on staff.
Having been to the VA multiple times with my ex, I can attest to how mangled the entire system is for these men. It is heartbreaking.
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