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Sunday, April 27, 2014

At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list.

The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources.


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#1 | Posted by ichiro at 2014-04-27 08:35 AM | Reply | Flag:

@ Mystery Toy

I'm a healthcare provider working for the VA.

I don't need to scrutinize the story to know that anything "secret" is going to be filled with innuendo, half truths, and outright BS.

What people fail to understand is the VA's unique standing. It's the biggest healthcare system in the country. And despite it's size, it outperforms all other health systems, when measured, in studies going back to the late 90s early 2000s. You can google all this.

Government healthcare, socialized medicine, whatever you want to call it, it's been proven time and again that VA healthcare provides the highest quality, most cost effective care in the country.

Still with me?

Part of the VA's unique standing is that it is government run, so it can also be EVERYONE's punching bag.

Is VA healthcare perfect? No. I get OIG reports daily that document irregularities, or VA employees getting busted for fraud, etc...

But when it comes to these types of story's in the media, you have to be mindful of the VA's size and scope, and be mindful that while they'll be instances where things go wrong with the VA, the occasional problems ACTUALLY speak to the problems of your local hospital where they don't have transparency, let alone don't measure up to the VA's standard of quality and cost effectiveness. That's the point that always get's missed by people not familiar with VA healthcare.

#2 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2014-04-27 02:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

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