Skip to comments.Get in line: 57,000 veterans waiting for initial appointments at the VA
Posted on 06/09/2014 2:42:25 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
And they’ve been waiting a long time, too. The Associated Press reports on an internal audit from more than 700 VA facilities shows that 57,000 veterans have waited 90 or more days for their initial medical appointment, let alone for any advanced care that might be needed. Another 64,000 have been enrolled in the VA health-care system for more than ten years without ever getting to see a doctor:
The Veterans Affairs Department says more than 57,000 patients are still waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them. An additional 64,000 who enrolled in the VA health care system over the past 10 years have never had appointments.
The audit confirms that 13% of scheduling staff received instruction in how to fraudulently cover up the horrendous wait times and access issues. The rest of the wait-list issue gets chalked up to a “complicated” appointment scheduling process and “confusion” among staff on how to manage it.
Will anyone buy that? It’s important to remember that this is the result of an internal audit run by the VA on orders from Eric Shinseki before he resigned under an avalanche of public pressure on the VA scandal.
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The system works in a strange way. VA took care of my prostate cancer fairly quickly. I had a Biopsy of may prostate at a private specialist. I applied for disability so I had two sets of wheels turning. I had had a physical earlier at the VA as I wanted to get set up and get an ID before I retired. I needed to get a a primary care physician to approve my trip form Denver to Seattle for treatment. That took a couple days. That was over 3 years ago and things are OK now.
Make that 57,001. I’m in the process of registering for the system, glad I don’t have any immediate health issues.
Obama doesn’t respond instead he moves on to college loans and bashes Republicans like a swivel eyed zealot.
And to think thousands of illegals are getting immediate health care and legal aide.
I’ve got a good mind to go enroll myself. I have never been to a VA hospital but I have the right. This government I said I would die for needs a swift kick in the ass.
My husband went to VA. Had some chest pain. He was given an appointment for over 4 months later. He went to ER. Doing follow up with VA and was told he would have appointment within 2 weeks. It is a few days past that 2 weeks, no word from VA. He called today, phone was picked up and hung up everytime. This afternoon got recording saying call could not go thru.
This evening the news reported the Harlingen VA clinic has the worst wait time in the nation.
They can also get in state tuition to college
Can your husband go back to the ER? This is an outrage.
My father had surgery at a VA hospital about 30 years ago. We were told by several nurses to never leave him alone. There was one orderly who likes to hit patients in their incisions while they were asleep.
They told us he could not be fired.
One of my uncles caught the guy alone and told him he would kill him if he went near my father.
One dead orderly in my book.
It's also a glimpse into where Obamacare's Government run healthcare for individuals is headed.
Husband was put on meds while in hospital that have him functioning better. Now trying to do follow up with VA to get referral for heart doctor. Must follow VA rules so they will pay bill. Due to husband’s service related disability he is covered for ER visits, if needed.
I’ve never had to wait.
Best wishes to both of you. Your husband has my utmost respect, as do you for your support of him in dealing with the VA. Coping with a huge bureaucracy can be overwhelming.
The problems with VA health care has a very quick remedy; require that our elected representatives (Congressmen, Senator, their families, and staffs) be required to only use the nearest VA Hospital for all their health care needs...and there are no head of the line privileges. As we watch the number of our elected representatives who actually served in the military (or some other public service) decline each year, this increasing majority have no idea what was involved or the sacrifices our service required.
Sad, but we keep electing them....over and over...perhaps that should change also.