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Inaccurate Wait Times Killing Veterans

Steve Wagner

Scandal has struck a VA hospital in New Mexico after CNN reporters discovered over 40 patients who died while waiting for care.

In the recent report, CNN found out that the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system not only kept patients waiting for an inordinate amount of time, times that extend far beyond what VA policy allows, but the health care center did so knowingly, and in secret.

Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system developed a secret, off-the-record, accurate waiting list, with waiting times reaching to over a year, and as many as 1600 veterans waiting to receive care. The VA policy states that veterans should wait no more than between 14 and 30 days to receive an appointment, and everyone who called the PVAHC was being told their wait times would fall within that bracket.

Real documents were shredded, and fake documents were even created to make it appear that the wait times were being honored and even decreased, when in reality, dozens of veterans were dying while waiting for care. To read the full story, check out CNN Health.

This type of medical negligence cannot go overlooked, especially for the almost 500,000 veterans living in Indiana. At Wagner Reese, we make it a priority to hold accountable those who are negligent in offering care to the sick and injured. If you have received negligent care, or had your care put off because of excessive wait times, call us today at (888) 204-8440.


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