VA Secretary Widely Criticized for Harsh Comment on Veteran Wait Times

VA Secretary Widely Criticized for Harsh Comment on Veteran Wait Times

May 24, 2016

VA Secretary Widely Criticized for Harsh Comment on Veteran Wait Times

This Monday Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald commented that the amount of time that it takes veterans to receive healthcare from a specific department can be compared to the experience a tourist has when waiting in line at Disney.

Needless to say that this cold comment has outraged countless department critics as well as vertans' organizations.

McDonald was also quoted saying, " We should be measuring the veterans' satisfaction...When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what's important?"

Downplaying the value of time for these veterans is certainly offensive, especially when the wait time can be life altering.

Department data shows that patients wait an average of seven days for primary care, 10 days for specialty care and four days for mental health care.

Two years ago a whistleblower revealed that over 40 veterans died waiting up to two years for care.

Veteran wait times is an extremely crucial and sensitive subject and should not be compared to a tourist attraction experience.

 

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