VA Health In Need of An Overhaul

by Rachel Baker on June 29, 2014

As we all knew would be the case, the report is back and the conclusion is the health care system of the Veterans Administration needs a complete overhaul.

As a Veteran, I hope they not overhaul the WHOLE system. The care I receive is great, however, the administration of that care is in dire need of help. The scheduling of patients even when they have been “in the system” for years leaves a lot to be desired; as does follow-up care after a plethora of tests to figure out what’s going on with someone.

The Veterans Health Administration has a corrosive culture that has led to poor management, a history of retaliation toward employees, cumbersome and outdated technology, and a shortage of doctors, nurses and physical space to treat its patients, according to a review presented to President Obama on Friday by one of his top advisers on veterans’ issues.

Mr. Obama called last month for the review of the Veterans Health Administration, a part of the Department of Veterans Affairs, just days before he accepted the resignation of the Veterans Affairs secretary, Eric Shinseki. The review warns that the department’s hospital system is facing a coming surge of new patients from Afghanistan and Iraq that demands an overhaul of the entire system.

“The V.H.A. leadership structure is marked by a lack of responsiveness and an inability to effectively manage or communicate to employees or veterans,” Rob Nabors, Mr. Obama’s deputy chief of staff, said in a summary of his findings. “A corrosive culture has led to personnel problems across the department that are seriously impacting morale, and by extension, the timeliness of health care.”

Here’s the Article:
Report Finds Health Unit of V.A. Needs Overhaul

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