A new report has revealed that more than 1,000 veterans may have died due to malpractice or lack of care from the Department of Veteran Affairs.
The office of Sen. Tom Coburn, who backed the study, found that the department has a history of fraudulent scheduling practices, budget mismanagement and insufficient oversight and lack of accountability.
Over the past decade, more than 1,000 veterans may have died as a result of VA malfeasance," said Coburn. "Poor management is costing the department billions of dollars more and compromising veterans' access to medical care."
Since 2001, the VA has paid about $845 million in malpractice costs, of which $36.4 million was used to settle claims involving delayed health care.
A missed diagnosis or an incorrect diagnosis may be the result of a doctor not spending enough time with a patient to develop a full medical history or failing to pay close enough attention to the patient's complaints and symptoms to diagnose the true cause. A misdiagnosis may be the result of improperly performed tests or results that were not read correctly.
There is a large potential for error in medicine; the consequences of a medical mistake can be a life-and-death matter. When a medical misdiagnosis robs you or a loved one of the opportunity to fight a terrible disease like cancer or to make an informed decision about your personal health, you may have a medical malpractice claim for failure to diagnose against your doctor or physician.
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Source: CNN, "Report: Bad VA may have killed more than 1,000 veterans, senator's report says ," June 24, 2014