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100K Vets Face Long Wait for Health Care: VA Audit



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    This May 29, 2014 file photo shows the St. Louis VA Medical Center. On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, Missouri Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill say VA leaders need to be held accountable after reports that Veterans Affairs health care centers in four Midwestern states maintained secret, unauthorized waiting lists of veterans, some of whom waited for care for more than 90 days.

    A Veterans Affairs audit of its troubled hospitals and clinics has identified 100,000 veterans facing delays in health care, and clerks across the system report having been instructed to falsify dates in scheduling records, NBC News reported. The report identified more than 57,000 veterans across the country who are facing a wait of at least three months for medical care and also found that almost 64,000 veterans have asked for an appointment at the VA over the past decade but have not been seen. It also found that scheduling manipulation was “systemic” inside the VA and dated at least to 2005.

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