VA wait list cover-up may extend beyond Phoenix system

The Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System may not be the only VA system that has something to hide. The Office of Inspector General confirmed to CNN that in addition to the allegations that as many as 40 veterans died while waiting for an appointment on a "secret wait list" at the Phoenix VA system, it is also investigating claims that the San Antonio system hid the fact that veterans there also had to wait weeks, if not months, for appointments. The VA requires all patients see a medical professional within 14 days of the request and officials must document any wait longer than two weeks. But a scheduling clerk in San Antonio said the system did not report the delays and marked the longer wait times in the official files as if patients put off the appointments by their choice. "It could be three months and look like no days (wait)," he told CNN. "It looked like they had scheduled the appointment and got exactly what they wanted." Article

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