If ever anyone wanted to know how the government “might” run health care, all one has to do is look at how they run, or don’t run properly the VA hospitals across the country:
1. VA Hospitals in three states had to notify over 10,000 soldiers and veterans about possible exposure to HIV and Hepatitis after it was found out that these hospitals failed to sterilize their equipment after usage due to cost cutting procedures.
The VA since February has been warning about 10,000 former patients, some who had colonoscopies as long ago as 2003, to get blood tests for HIV and hepatitis.
As of Friday June 12, 2009, the VA reported that six veterans taking the follow-up blood checks tested positive for HIV, 34 tested positive for hepatitis C and 13 tested positive for hepatitis B. All but 724 affected patients have been notified of test results.
2. A 20-year-old soldier from the Air Force went into a VA hospital in California during the month of June 2009 for a routine laparoscopic Gal Bladder removal. The surgeon cut one of his arteries while removing the Gal Bladder, which in turn cause the soldier to bleed extensively. The soldier ended up losing both of his legs due to the amount of blood loss because the surgeon waited too long before sending him to a private hospital that could have saved the soldiers legs.
To add insult to injury, because the young man is a soldier neither he nor his family can sue the government for their botched job that led to the lose of BOTH of his legs.
3. A VA doctor in PA performed cancer treatments on 116 soldiers/vets and of those 111 treatments; he botched 92 and continued the treatment for a year even though monitoring equipment was broken. As though botching the treatments were not enough the doctor and the government/VA hospital tried to cover this up.
4. ABC news conducted an undercover investigation back in April 2009 of VA hospitals and found that: “Recently, there have been new stories of misdiagnosis, disastrous management and deficient care at some of the nation’s 162 facilities.
At a hospital near Cleveland, an ABCNEWS hidden-camera investigation found bathrooms filthy with what appeared to be human excrement. Supply cabinets were in disarray, with dirty linens from some patients mixed in with clean supplies, or left in hallways on gurneys.
At a neighboring facility, examining tables had dried blood and medications still on them. In several areas, open bio-hazardous waste cans were spilling over. Primetime obtained internal memos documenting that the equipment used to sterilize surgical instruments had broken down — causing surgical delays and possible infection risks.“
5. Former Air Force reservist Gale Reid received a letter from the Veterans Affairs Department that told her she had Lou Gehrig’s disease, and she immediately put herself through a battery of painful, expensive tests. Five days later, the VA said its “diagnosis” was a mistake. …the National Gulf War Resource Center said Reid was among at least 1,200 veterans who received the letter, even though they hadn’t been diagnosed with the illness. Veterans were initially suspicious, but still went through the pain not knowing whether they had the degenerative disease, which typically kills people within five years.
6. The VA had a booklet several years ago that President Bush had pulled form the VA-any ideas what this booklet may contain and why it was pulled? Even in all of her “quirky ways” of talking, maybe Sarah Palin was right on this one:
The controversy stems from an opinion piece published last Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal and written by Jim Towey, who was director of the Bush White House’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives from 2002 to 2006.
The booklet, Towey noted, includes a worksheet titled “What makes your life worth living” that presents various scenarios, such as being confined to a wheelchair, relying on a feeding tube or being unable to “shake the blues.”
Towey compared the wording of the worksheet to a political “push poll” meant to steer readers to a predetermined conclusion.
“This hurry-up-and-die message is clear and unconscionable,” wrote Towey, who noted that the Bush administration had suspended use of the document but that it has been “resuscitated” by the Obama White House.