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October 2, 2009

American Legion Calls for Release of all Health Care Reports

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — veteranclaims @ 9:58 pm

As we voiced yesterday, we feel that Veterans have a right to any information that shows the condition of the medical facilities and/or the quality of care they are exposed to and receive from the VA.

One only has to look back at the endoscopy incidents to realize that the VA will not keep its own house in compliance, especially when they failed an VAOIG inspection carried out after assurances of compliance.

Full article at: The American Legion Calls for “Transparency” at VA

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The leader of The American Legion says he is concerned over a Department of Veterans Affairs directive that refuses public disclosure of inspection reports that might reflect negatively upon VA facilities.

National Commander Clarence E. Hill says, “I am bothered by VA’s practice of designating facility reports that measure timeliness and quality of care as ‘protected documents’ for internal use only. VA administrators as well as veterans who turn to VA for their healthcare would benefit from knowing the state of affairs at VA facilities.”

“That is all well and good, but we still believe it is the responsibility of the VA to make the findings in this report, and others like it, accessible to its stakeholders – America’s veterans,” Hill said. “We can work together to improve the VA healthcare system by identifying any deficiencies realized in these reports. If, for instance, The American Legion is aware of deficiencies and problems affecting the health and welfare of our veterans in VA care, we can assist with resolving them, as we have for decades.

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