Following allegations about treatment delays and falsified records at Veterans Affairs health centers nationwide, more veterans will now be allowed to obtain health care at private hospitals and clinics, according to NBC News.
The Obama administration issued this directive after both parties pressed for policy change in order to improve the treatment of veterans.
There are currently 26 VA facilities under investigation, including the Phoenix VA hospital, where a former clinic director says as many as 40 veterans may have died while awaiting treatment.
Last year, the VA spent about $4.8 billion on medical care at non-VA hospitals and clinics, about 10 percent of health care costs for the Veterans Health Administration, the agency’s health care arm. Read the full details here:
The “VA Scandal” is news because national media has finally picked up on it. However, many in the medical malpractice industry have seen the poor care, malpractice and abuses of the veterans the VA services for many years. In addition to malpractice, the government further harms their veterans by capping the amount of damages veterans can receive in a valid claim for medical malpractice. Tort reform hurts everyone, even those who served and fought for the U.S.
If you have been injured due to medical malpractice, including a delay in diagnosis or treatment, please call to investigate your matter fully. Crandall & Pera Law is available to help answer your questions and guide you in determining your next steps.