Veterans’ health care: a call of duty

The Lancet, Volume 386, No. 9998
“Last week saw the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hit by yet another health-care scandal. On Sept 2, the VA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) published its report reviewing alleged mismanagement at the Veterans Health Administration’s Health Eligibility Center. In response to a whistle-blower’s claims, it investigated whether the centre had more than 850,000 health-care applications in a pending status, whether more than 47,000 veterans had died while their applications were pending, whether 10,000 health records were purged or deleted, and whether thousands of unprocessed applications, spanning a 3-year period, were discovered in January, 2013. On all four counts, the OIG found the VA guilty.”
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