Sadly, this news should not surprise anyone. In another expose from USA Today, it is shown that the VA doesn’t do a very good job of vetting the doctors it hires. A couple of weeks ago the GAO reported that the VA does a poor job of reporting bad healthcare providers to the appropriate agencies so I guess no one should be shocked that the VA is also careless in who it hires. Who suffers? Veterans, of course.
The VA Medical Center in Iowa City is pictured in 2014.(Photo: Press-Citizen file photo) (Photo: Press-Citizen)
We have dealt with VA cases for close to 20 years now and I have been involved in medical cases for over 30 years. In the last couple of decades that is pretty much all I have done. What is especially sad to me is that there are many doctors and other healthcare providers in the VA who are good at what they do. They are conscientious and consistently try to help their patients. I cannot imagine the frustration they must feel trying to work in this system.
Problems with the VHA are old news. Real changes and real improvements in the care it provides to our veterans would be welcome and truly breaking news. Maybe someday we will see that headline. I hope so.