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That isn’t right. No patient in America should have to wait for 90 days to see their doctor. That is not prompt medical attention. In fact, if the VA can’t service its customers, the patients should be permitted to go to a commercial doctor. Furthermore, the VA probably should be turned over to private healthcare managers where patients are treated like everyone else.

The circumstance at the VA points to the problems with public service agencies. A public and private enterprise combination works best. While President Obama and Congress are at least on the same subject, how about producing a better way forward? How about producing an integrated American healthcare system based on best practices? How about addressing an American standard for healthcare as implied in the Affordable Care Law? Why should veterans have anything less than the best for all of the rest of us?

“VA says more than 57,000 patients are waiting for first visit
BY JOSH HICKS
June 9 at 12:31 pm

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday that more than 57,000 patients are still waiting for their first medical appointments at VA medical centers after at least 90 days, according to the Associated Press.

Another 64,000 veterans who enrolled in the VA health-care system over the past decade have never had appointments, the department said.

The information comes from the agency’s internal audit of 731 VA medical centers. The department released the findings on Monday.

The report said that complicated scheduling practices created confusion among clerks and supervisors, contributing to the problems. The audit also said that the VA’s goal of seeing patients for the first time within 14 days was unattainable because of the growing demand for care among veterans.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2014/06/09/va-says-more-than-57000-patients-waiting-for-first-visit/?wpisrc=al_comboPN_p

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