A deadly combination of a doctor shortage, perverse payment incentives, and a culture of dishonesty.
REPORT TO TO SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
News about the resignation of Dr. Robert Petzel, undersecretary for health in the Department of Veterans Affairs, came one day after he spoke at a Senate hearing about the issue alongside Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.
Message from the Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson | Thank You For Your Service http://thankyouforyourservice.us/issue/june-2014/article/message-from-the-acting-secretary-of-veterans-affairs-sloan-d-gibson
HOUSE HEARING 113TH CONGRESS - LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON H.R. 813; H.R. 806; AND A DRAFT DISCUSSION BILL TO AMEND TITLE 38 UNITED STATES CODE TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO SUBMIT TO CONGRESS A FUTURE-YEARS VETERANS PROGRAM AND A QUADRENNIAL VETERANS REVIEW TO ESTABLISH IN THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS A CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES''
Legislation News: H.R.4556 - Expedited Hiring for VA Trained Psychiatrists Act of 2016 H.R.4556 - Expedited Hiring for VA Trained Psychiatrists Act of 2016 was introduced in the House by Congressman Matt Cartwright(D-PA) on February 12th, 2016. The bill's aim is, "To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire psychiatrists."
Tammy Duckworth, former assistant secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.),lost her legs in combat while piloting a Black Hawk helicopter. “When I’m asked if the country is ready for women in combat, I look down at where my legs used to be and think, ‘Where do you think this happened, a bar fight?’” (Photo courtesy of the Christian Science Monitor.)
Veterans Health Administration scandal of 2014 - It was discovered that officials in the Phoenix VA hospital lied about how long the wait times were for veterans to see a doctor.An investigation of delays is being conducted by the Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General.The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, General Eric Shinseki, voluntarily resigned