Skip to comments.IG: Phoenix VA hospital missed care for 1,700 vets
Posted on 05/29/2014 4:25:40 AM PDT by Olog-hai
Navy veteran Ken Senft turned to the Department of Veterans Affairs for medical care in 2011 after his private insurance grew too costly. It could have been a fatal mistake, he now says.
A few years ago, the 65-year-old had a lesion on his head. He went to a VA clinic near his home outside Phoenix, but he said the doctor told him it could be two years before he might get an appointment with a dermatologist.
So he paid out of pocket to see a private physician. Turns out, he had cancer. [ ]
A probe of operations at the Phoenix VA Health Care System found that about 1,700 veterans in need of care were at risk of being lost or forgotten after being kept off an official waiting list. The investigation, initially focused on the Phoenix hospital, found systemic problems in the VAs sprawling nationwide system, which provides medical care to about 6.5 million veterans annually.
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Unbelievable....But if you’re an illegal, you can walk into any emergency room and get a better result.
Just had an FB note from an old HS Classmate in which he posts the cover of a 1989 Sunset Magazine that he found in the waiting room at a the local VA Hospital here in NorCal. He was here from his home in Vietnam (where he has been in business since the end of the war there) to have a knee replacement. The VA told him that it would be at least a year’s wait for the surgery, so he went to a local hospital and had the surgery immediately. Don’t know how it was paid for, but I will find out at breakfast tomorrow. He said he hopes that the guy who brought the 1989 magazine isn’t still there waiting for an appointment!
Had ENOUGH Yet ?