Thousands of orders for diagnostic medical tests have been purged en masse by the Department of Veterans Affairs to make it appear its decade-long backlog is being eliminated, according to documents obtained by the Washington Examiner.
About 40,000 appointments were “administratively closed” in Los Angeles, and another 13,000 were cancelled in Dallas in 2012.
That means the patients did not receive the tests or treatment that had been ordered, but rather the orders for the follow-up procedures were simply deleted from the agency’s records.
It is not known how widespread the practice is, or how many veterans hospitals have mass-purged appointment orders to clear their backlogs.
Agency officials refused an Examiner request for documents describing when the practice began or how many appointments have been canceled.
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Food for thought: Not only have I personally experienced this, but I've spoken to dozens of veterans that are experiencing the same nightmare!! It's one thing to have already risked our lives for the liberty and freedom our citizens are afford, but to come home from war to experience additional pain and suffering from the VA hospital is inhumane.
There is so much more about the military and the VA system that the average American have NO idea about!!! Just google the military's rape/sexual assault, suicide epidemic and drug addiction and overdosing of our veterans. I forgot to mention the hundred of thousands that are incarcerated after being diagnosed with PTSD.
As one of my fellow shipmates put it, "Military medicine is the new War on veterans"! I must say, the evidence and reports speaks for itself!!