Another achievement for government-run health care: VA deletes appointment to pretend its backlog is cleared

Mark Flatten (Washington Examiner) has the details on the latest government-run health system to succumb to fraud: the Veterans Administration.

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.

That’s not all …

Debra Draper of the Government Accountability Office said reviews of scheduling practices at VA facilities, including Los Angeles, have repeatedly found instances in which appointment dates were falsified to meet performance goals. That finding was consistent with GAO and VA inspector general’s reports going back 10 years, Draper said.

Charles C. W. Cooke says this looks all too familiar (The Corner): “Alas, this feels all too familiar to someone who grew up with Britain’s National Health Service.”

He then gives some examples. I’ve gleaned a couple on my own. As Cooke puts it, “when one subordinates healthcare to government, one inevitably gets all of the usual government games.”

Games like this.

Cross-posted to Virginia Virtucon

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