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White House Report: A 'Corrosive Culture' at Veterans Affairs

President Barack Obama listens to a question from a reporter at the White House in Washington, May 21, 2014, after he met with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors.President Barack Obama listens to a question from a reporter at the White House in Washington, May 21, 2014, after he met with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors.
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President Barack Obama listens to a question from a reporter at the White House in Washington, May 21, 2014, after he met with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors.
President Barack Obama listens to a question from a reporter at the White House in Washington, May 21, 2014, after he met with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors.
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A newly-released White House report speaks of a "corrosive culture" within the scandal-plagued Veterans' Affairs (VA) health care system.

President Barack Obama ordered the review after some former soldiers reportedly died while waiting as long as three months for treatment at a veterans hospital.

The White House review found what it calls "significant and chronic system failures" throughout the Veterans Health Administration.

It says personnel problems have seriously affected morale and impacted the timeliness of health care. It also criticized the VA's standard 14-day waiting period for an appointment as unrealistic and arbitrary.

Reports of long waits by ailing veterans to be seen by doctors, and of VA bureaucrats misreporting waiting times caused an outcry in Congress and the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

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by: Ron Anthony from: Florida
June 28, 2014 12:44 AM
The problems at the VA must get immediate attention as it is overdue. The public needs to be aware of a number factors about this.

First, even if 100,000 vets received less than proper treatment that is about 1% of the 8.6 million serviced by the VA. I was in the VA for 3 years and it was as good or bad as what I have previously experienced outside the VA. I always saw patients who were well over 65 who could have been on Medicare, but they willingly chose to stay with the VA.

Second, a good reason for the neglect of the VA is lack of funding. If there were more doctors there would have been no reason to waiting lists.

Third, in Congress, the VA committees go to those with the lowest seniority because there is little chance of getting campaign contribution money. Figure out the rest. But all politicians will say they are for the vets.

Fourth, the private hospitals are even worse only they don't get put in the spotlight.
For a comparison with private hospitals Visit
http://reorganizehealthcare.com/the-va-and-our-deadly-private-hospitals-2/

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