Veterans who were told their wait time for care from the VA would decrease may actually be facing even longer wait times well into the foreseeable future. A recent 4,000-page report conducted for the Department of Veterans Affairs has confirmed that the VA is overburdened, inefficient, and expensive to run, costing twice the amount of normal public facilities.
The report reveals a number of stresses that the VA is currently unprepared to deal with, including “leadership and culture changes within the VA health system” and a “demographic change among veterans.”
Although the VA has previously claimed that most of the patients it sees are satisfied with the level of care they receive, evidence from the report contradicts this. In fact, the study reveals that six out of ten patients reported less-favorable experiences in VA hospitals than those who received care in non-VA facilities. However, the more pressing concern at this point seems to be the fact that most people are having difficulty receiving care in the first place, with no end in sight.
Veterans who have been waiting months and even years to receive care will not have their wait time reduced any time soon, despite claims by the VA that they had taken care of the backup caused by the recent scandal. Many VA employees have blamed the increased wait time on a fear of retaliation to whistleblowing, but this is only one part of a deeply rooted problem that will require a system-wide reworking to fix.
A new leadership team is set to take over the VA in 2017, but it is yet unclear as to whether the reform efforts of the current Veterans Affairs Secretary will have any effect on the crisis at hand until that time.
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