A recent report by Senator Tom Coburn shows that the Department of Veteran Affairs, or VA, is much worse than previously thought.
As Senator Coburn said:
The problems at the VA are worse than anyone imagined.
Over the past decade, more than 1,000 veterans may have died as a result of VA’s misconduct; and the VA has paid out nearly $1 billion to veterans and their families for its medical malpractice.
Coburn describes the terrible climate the VA has created for whistleblowers: “For decades, the VA has silenced, harassed, and retaliated against whistleblowers who were merely trying to fulfill the commitment to veterans that is the mission of the VA.”
Coburn details several specific cases in his report “Friendly Fire: Death, Delay and Dismay at the VA,” which show the terrible troubles at the VA.
One case involves a sex offender who gave unnecessary breast and pelvic examinations to female patients.
Another involves a security chief who had plans to kidnap, rape, and murder women and children.
One veteran had annual chest x-rays, but the VA doctors never spotted the lesion in his lung that ultimately killed him.
Amid the VA’s terrible behavior, some on Capitol Hill have called for more funding; but Coburn says that will not solve the problem as he traces it to bad management, for one thing. In fact, Coburn says that VA doctors average half of the workload of private sector primary care physicians.
Coburn actually calls for a policy that would allow veterans to receive reimbursed care from private sector medicine.
What do you think should be done about the VA? Should Coburn’s policy be enacted? Or should something else be done?
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom