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Veterans Administration hospitals have spent at least $420 million on solar panels and windmills while vets wait months — or even lay dying — to see a doctor.
In total, VA hospitals reported 23 deaths due to 76 instances of delayed care, an April 2014 VA fact sheet said. Then on June 5, Acting Veteran Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson revealed that at least 18 Phoenix patients died while waiting for treatment on a secret list kept off the books. It is not clear if that number is in addition to the 23 deaths reported earlier. During the past month, the scandal has resulted in the resignations of both the VA secretary and the leaders of its health care component.
According to a June 3 audit, 100,000 veterans had lengthy wait times for appointments. Of the nation’s 216 VA hospitals, 37 percent will require further investigation.
originally posted by: ANNED
The VA hospital i go to has put up the solar panels.
In part i like them because they pu them over the parking lot.
In the summer this is great as you don't have to get into a hot car after your appointment.
The VA i go to is in calif and so far there is no evidence of waiting list in the state.
But then the VA hospital i go to is used as part of UCLA and USC medical school teaching program.
so there are more then enough doctors.
Then again...not everyone in Phoenix is happy. Obviously.
I don't care if the VA is putting solar panels on their roof. What I do care about is their methodology in treating patients.
The two don't really have a whole lot in common.
•Fraud is the intentional misrepresentation of information to gain undeserved payment for a claim
•Waste involves spending federal health care dollars on services which are unnecessary
•Abuse involves a questionable practice, which is inconsistent with accepted medical or business policies