1,000 Vets May Have Died Because of VA Corruption
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There are all sorts of high and low figures floating around, but we’ll probably never get a complete accounting in no small part because the fraud has been baked into the system and too many of those responsible are not about to come clean.
We can estimate however and those estimates are disturbing. The 1,000 figure would put the VA scandal on the level of a war.
More than 1,000 veterans have died over the last decade as a result of a failure to provide care or malpractice by the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the findings of a new report authored by retiring Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK).
The report, “Friendly Fire: Death, Delay, and Dismay at the VA,” complies the findings of a number of government and media investigation and concludes that many more veterans lost their lives as a result of VA negligence than the 23 deaths to which the department has admitted.
“The problems at the VA are worse than anyone imagined,” Coburn said.
“Over the past decade, more than 1,000 veterans may have died as a result of VA malfeasance,” the senator added. “Poor management is costing the department billions of dollars more and compromising veterans’ access to medical care.”
In addition to the wrongful deaths the report attributes to poor practices at the VA, it also indicates that malpractice lawsuits against the VA resulted in $845 million in settlements. $36.4 million of that was used to settle claims involving delayed care.
Coburn is a dedicated guy and the reports out of office have been must-reads. But this is something else entirely.
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