More than 57,000 U.S. military veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for their first VA medical appointments, and an additional 64,000 appear to have fallen through the cracks, never getting appointments after enrolling.
President Barack Obama’s choice to be the top health official at the Veterans Affairs Department withdrew his nomination Thursday, saying he feared his confirmation could spark a prolonged political battle.
Hopes Fade Senators Could Quickly Craft Bill To Help Vets Facing Long Appointment Waits At VA Hospitals
Hopes faded late Wednesday that key senators could quickly craft a compromise bill that would help veterans facing long appointment waits at veterans hospitals and make it easier to fire administrators who covered up the delays.
A bill proposed by four Senate Republicans would give veterans more flexibility to see a private doctor if they are forced to wait too long for an appointment at a Veterans Affairs hospital or clinic.
Virginia’s Democratic U.S. senators are calling on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shineski to resign.
Rev. Oscar Tillman says his letters, written over a year ago, went unanswered.
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ internal watchdog says veterans at the Phoenix VA hospital waited on average 115 days for their first medical appointment.
Report: VA Hospitals Used ‘Gaming Strategies’ To Appear Vets Were Getting Appointments Within Target Times
Fake appointments, unofficial logs kept on the sly and appointments made without telling the patient are among tricks used to disguise delays in seeing and treating veterans at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics.
The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will allow more veterans to obtain health care at private hospitals and clinics.
Military veterans tell CBS News they are not surprised by allegations of misconduct and treatment delays at VA hospitals.