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CNN cites fatal delays at SC, Augusta VA hospitals

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 1:13 PM
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Military veterans are dying needlessly because of long waits and delayed care at U.S. veterans hospitals, CNN reports.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is aware of the problems and has done almost nothing to effectively prevent veterans dying from delays in care, according to documents obtained by CNN and interviews with numerous experts.

The problem has been especially dire at the Williams Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Medical Center in Columbia. There, veterans waiting months for simple gastrointestinal procedures -- such as a colonoscopy or endoscopy -- have been dying because their cancers aren’t caught in time, CNN said.

Shortly before CNN published this report, the VA acknowledged that there have been concerns about delay of care at some of its facilities.

At the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, the VA said three veterans died as a result of delayed care. Internal documents at that facility showed a waiting list of 4,500 patients.

The VA also acknowledged that it investigated delays at facilities in Atlanta.

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internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 11/20/13 - 03:13 pm
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It's sad

how this country treats it's veterans.....IMO throughout history, all wars and "occupations" have ulterior motives...hence the way veterans are treated.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 11/20/13 - 03:16 pm
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Well, after all, it is a

Well, after all, it is a government run, budget driven, health care system with the associated shortage of doctors, nurses, facilities, and equipment that ALL government run health care will have.

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Young Fred 11/21/13 - 01:31 am
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Boy, this just makes me all

Boy, this just makes me all "jam-up" for some of that ACA government healthcare action!

There are actually people out there - now get this - who believe - no, I'm serious, who believe, that total government control of our medical system is a "good" thing. No really, I'm serious!

They totally ignore the track record of government and think because Obama and Pelosi said it's so, that it's actually so!

I'm not kidding you!

They believe it to be true.

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Ih-man 11/21/13 - 08:59 am
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Veteran Deaths at Columbia and Augusta VAMCs

For years the financial bottom line has driven the quality of service for our heroes. Hopefully, these "revelations" will result in criminal penalties to those responsible. And from the recent articles, it appears that there is one common demonenator at the Augusta and Columbia VAMCs.

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