Fining government agencies hurts us

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There was a recent article in which the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center was fined $227,500 for some sort of medical error. What does this mean? It means that the government fined another government agency, which takes funds out of its operating budget -- and goes where? Who gets hurt? The veterans they serve.

No administrators or bureaucrats or other "bosses" get fined or punished. Oh, someone may get a note in his file that reduces his bonus or delays a promotion, but no heads roll, and no one gets fired. Only the veterans get punished by there being fewer funds available for their care.

It's not just the VA. The results are the same no matter what the government agency. The recipients of whatever service is provided will have less available.

The system badly needs looking into!

Jack W. Dalton

Jackson, S.C.

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johnston.cliff 03/23/10 - 07:46 am
When the government fines a

When the government fines a government agency to collect government money from the government agency, then the government must come up with the money to pay the fine to the government and to pay all of the government lawyers that both fought and defended the government agency. Luckily, there's plenty of government tax money to pay for all of this control. Who gets hurt? Why, the taxpayer, but he doesn't notice.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 03/23/10 - 08:00 am
Isn't it just an accounting

Isn't it just an accounting trick? The government agency that does the fining does not get the money. The money just goes into the general treasury of the government to be re-distributed.

gaspringwater 03/24/10 - 04:40 pm
Some elaboration. The Pa VA

Some elaboration. The Pa VA was fined for incorrect radiation doses given to 97 veterans. They were cited for a lack of procedures to verify treatments were done correctly, failing to train staff and failure to report medical mistakes. And now a question if you object to the fine -- what would you have them do? Just slap 'em on the wrist, have the PR office issue the usual statement, WE SORRY, and then just sweep it under the carpet like the abuses in the Bush administration?

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