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July 10, 2014
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Letter: How VA hospitals stack up to veteran's experiences

VA audits were way off base

This is regarding the June 22 front page article in The News-Review. The first thing I checked was the source of the audit and of course it was completed by the Veterans Administration.

The Roseburg appointment audit numbers in the table are a total fantasy. If we can expect similar audits every two weeks and if improvements to the system depend on those audits then we will continue to see no improvement to the system.

There needs to be an audit of the veterans’ experiences with the system, not an audit of the VA’s books and record keeping. It has already been established that the VA’s reporting is full of holes.

As a disabled veteran, my own experience is not even close to the numbers on the table in the article. The “established patient wait time for primary care” of 4.46 days has never happened for me. The usual time has been four to six weeks or more. The “established patient wait for specialty care provider” has never been less than four months for me. About the only way to get into mental health is to tell them you’re suicidal, and don’t even get me started on the emergency room, where the waiting times are terrible.

Truth in our government is a quality that seems to be lacking in these times and these numbers continue that trend. Just ask the veterans who fought for this country.

Dennis Davis


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The News-Review Updated Jul 22, 2014 02:48PM Published Jul 10, 2014 11:58AM Copyright 2014 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.