In the past couple of years, the poor treatment offered and lengthy wait times at VA hospitals was nationwide news. The VA Secretary resigned as part of the scandal. Last summer, legislation was passed that provided an extra $16.3 billion to hire doctors, open more clinics, and expand programs that allow vets to see doctors in the private sector. Unfortunately, since then wait times for vets in Texas at VA medical facilities have not improved.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs set a goal of having patients who need to see a doctor seen within 30 days. Between September of last year and February, almost 66,000 appointments in Texas did not meet that threshold, which is worse than the national average. Over 12,700 appointments took longer than 60 days to schedule.
One Texas official blames the lengthy wait times on a variety of factors. There has been increasing demand for some services, such as mental health. It can be tough to recruit staff to fill some vacancies, particularly in certain cities such as El Paso. In Austin, there has been a very rapidly growing veteran population. A few cities saw some improvements in their services in the past few months.
It can be very frustrating for vets who have risked their lives for their country, and were promised certain benefits such as medical care, to have difficulties in obtaining that care. In some extremely serious situations, not only did it take a long time to get an appointment, but once the vet was seen by the VA, serious medical malpractice occurred which resulted in serious injury to the vet or even death.
Vets have certain legal rights, and if they have been very seriously injured or even killed because of poor medical treatment, an attorney should be consulted. Call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. Our attorneys will be happy to offer you a free consultation. Visit us on Twitter to learn more.