#VAFail – More than 100 vets die waiting for care at the Los Angeles VA
The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently released a report on the Los Angeles VA facilities, following allegations claiming 74 veterans died because they couldn’t be seen by VA health care providers.
In 2015, former Congressman Jeff Miller requested the investigation to determine the validity of the claims. The OIG report examined cases from the period of October 1, 2014 through August 9, 2015.
The investigation found that 225 deceased patients had 371 open or pending consults at the time of their death and 43 percent of consults were not timely because scheduling staff or health care providers did not follow policy or procedures.
This OIG report is the latest to prove that the 2014 wait list problems existed nationwide. While outrage and reform has been concentrated on Phoenix, Arizona, other VA facilities should not escape scrutiny. One veterans dying while waiting on care is too many.