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Thread: Poll: Obama loses ground on health care

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    Re: Poll: Obama loses ground on health care

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    Re: Poll: Obama loses ground on health care

    Most of my beliefe is anectdotal and I could never prove that it occured, and don't necessarily expect you to just take my word for it. But, I heard complaints regarding VA care (most often about waiting times, at times verfd with medical records) at least once a month from either a VA patient making a claim for HIP benefits, or a spouse/family member making claims for life / ADD benefits.


    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    VA overselling its medical care - A Front - News & Observer

    A review by McClatchy of the quality measures the VA itself commonly cites found that:

    * The agency has touted how quickly veterans get in for appointments, but its own inspector general found that scheduling records have been manipulated repeatedly.

    According to a 2005 report from the agency's inspector general, VA schedulers routinely put the wrong requested appointment dates into the system, often making waiting times appear to evaporate. In many cases, the scheduler checked for the next available time slot and declared it the patient's "desired date."

    * The VA boasted that its customer service ratings are 10 points higher than those of private-sector hospitals, but the survey it cited shows a far smaller gap.

    If the VA were to use the correct comparisons, it still would score higher, although the gap would be half as much -- 4 points, in the case of outpatient care. If the survey were adjusted for age and gender differences between the VA and private samples, the gap would tighten even more, although it still would be about 3 points and therefore significant, VanAmburg said.

    * Officials repeatedly have said that a pivotal health-quality study ranked the agency's health care "higher than any other health-care system in this country." However, the study they cited wasn't designed to do that.
    Last edited by buck; 07-31-09 at 07:57 PM.

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