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Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 8:00 pm | Updated: 11:35 pm, Wed Jun 4, 2014.

ALBUQUERQUE — Officials at a Veterans Affairs medical center in Albuquerque say as many as 3,000 patients were assigned to a doctor who didn’t actually see them, a New Mexico congresswoman said Wednesday.

The officials told U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., that the practice of putting patients without primary care doctors into a separate pool was part of an effort to balance demand and a shortage of doctors at a facility that handled nearly 660,000 outpatient visits last year.

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8 comments:

  • Peter Neal posted at 4:51 pm on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 292

    Regardless of whether or not problems existed at the VA prior to 2008 is irrelevant. The point is Obama has owned it for six years. He is the one expanding government control of the healthcare system and he is the one that promised "hope and change"- remember? I really wish you would all stop making excuses for his ineptitude..

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:37 pm on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    Mark, I think you're asking a very good questions there. Unfortunately, the fact that for the last five years VA management wasn't able to convert all the money they were allotted into real care for veterans only tells us about the failings of those managers. Obviously, had that unspent money been spent on direct care and services for veterans, more veterans would have received care and services, but "what if" guesses about whether or not a more competent VA management team could have met the needs of all veterans with the allotted money would be hypothetical, I think.

    One of the VA underspending problem areas I read about was in doctor staffing. The VA doesn't spend all of the money it has budgeted to employ doctors in its hospitals. But the reason for that isn't that they're not trying to hire doctors, it's that doctors aren't interested in working those stressful and high-volume VA jobs for what the VA is paying per doctor. Say the VA has ten million dollars allocated to spend on the salaries of a hundred new doctors in a year. Well, if the money goes unspent because no doctors wanted to work for the VA for a hundred grand a year, are we better off leaving the money unspent, or should we consider trying to hire sixty-six doctors at a hundred-fifty grand a year? That's the kind of management quandary Shinseki and his team didn't get solved.

     
  • Mark Ordonez posted at 10:42 am on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 659

    Oh okay so the VA, except for incompetent management, they are getting all they need?

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:26 am on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    For the last five years straight, the VA hasn't spent all the money they were budgeted to spend. If they're not spending everything they're allotted, that would seem to indicate that their failures are the result of mismanagement, not a lack of money.

     
  • Mark Ordonez posted at 9:48 am on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 659

    [thumbup]

     
  • Toni Hubbert posted at 9:16 am on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

    flintpeak Posts: 5

    Everything isn't about whether a person is for or against Obama. The VA Healthcare System has been around for a long time. Funding for veteran care should be a priority and not a negotiable budget item on Congress' to-do list.

     
  • Mark Ordonez posted at 9:13 am on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 659

    So Obama is the very first President the United States has EVER had?
    AND our politicians appalling treatment of Veterans is something completely new as well?
    More recently, how do you feel about 41 Republican's voting against the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014?
    So the warmongers on the both sides of the isle have no problem running up a war debt but all but 2 Republicans in the Senate don't feel taking care of those that fought need ANY help?

    Said, NC (R) Sen. Richard Burr....

    "With $17 trillion in debt and massive annual deficits, our country faces a fiscal crisis of unparalleled scope. Now is not the time, in any federal department, to spend money we don't have. To be sure, there's much to like in the Sanders bill. And if those components were presented as separate, smaller bills, as part of a carefully considered long-term strategy to reform the VA, hold leadership accountable and improve services to veterans, we would have no problem extending enthusiastic support."

     
  • Peter Neal posted at 6:27 am on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 292

    The VA healthcare system is failing the veterans, plain and simple. Sure, those trying to defend the VA or Obama can trot out veterans who will say they have had a great experience with their healthcare from the VA, but that should be the case with ALL veterans. These are people who served twenty or more years and/or suffered a service connected disability or illness. Could there be anyone more deserving of top notch medical care?
    I have a novel idea- why doesn't the President sign himself and his family up for Obamacare, since he thinks the government is so great at running healthcare. His Cadillac plan (actually; it's more like a Rolls Royce plan) is what the veterans SHOULD be getting..

     

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