Veterans’ Waiting Lists Up 50 Percent One Year After Scandal Exposed

Affordable-Care-ActUnfortunately, our predictive abilities at NCPA’s Health Policy Blog appear to be holding up pretty well. Last July, I wrote that giving billions of dollars to the Veterans Health Administration to “fix” the problems of long waiting lists for treatment would be viewed by the VHA bureaucrats as a “reward,” and they would react accordingly.

That is exactly what has happened:

One year after an explosive Veterans Affairs scandal sparked national outrage, the number of veterans on wait lists to be treated for everything from Hepatitis C to post-traumatic stress is 50 percent higher

Ahead of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs budget hearing scheduled for Thursday, VA leaders also warned that they are facing a $2.6 billion budget shortfall. They said they may have to start a hiring freeze or furloughs unless funding is reallocated for the federal government’s second-largest department. (Emily Wax-Thibodeaux, “One year after VA scandal, the number of veterans waiting for care is up 50 percent,” Washington Post, June 23, 2015)

At what point does a government bureaucracy that fails so badly get put out of business? Not very often, and not soon enough.

NCPA’s CEO, Allen B. West, has also written about this scandal.

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  1. Erik says:

    Who holds the purse strings currently? I suggest Mr. West go talk to his colleagues in the House if he wants change.

    The ball is in your court Mr. West…

  2. Erik says:

    I am a Vet, Gulf 1 under Pappy Bush, and it is about access (not outsourcing) which means more funding.

    Again Mr. West, I’m looking at you. Help your fellow Vets’.