Portman Calls For Veteran’s Administration Transparency

Ohio Senator Rob Portman says veterans should be at the front of the line to receive the best treatment not at the back of the line to receive mediocre treatment.(Photo: wosu file photo)
Ohio Senator Rob Portman says veterans should be at the front of the line to receive the best treatment not at the back of the line to receive mediocre treatment.(Photo: wosu file photo)

The Veteran’s Administration has admitted that 23 people across the country have died because of delayed care.

The agency faces accusations that hospital administrators gamed the system to conceal wait times.

The Dayton Daily News recently reported that since 2001, the VA has paid out more than $34.4 million to settle claims of delayed treatment. Ohio Senator Rob Portman today said veterans need to be at the front of the line for the best treatment not at the back of the line for mediocre treatment.

“Apparently a lawsuit has been filed in Dayton for instance about some of the same issues of veterans being put on waiting lists and then some sort of fraudulent activity to cover up those waiting lists. This is outrageous,” Portman said in a conference call with Ohio reporters Thursday.

Portman says he recently wrote to Veteran’s Administration head Eric Shinseki asking him to detail his plans for data transparency at the VA.

Comments
  • MOM

    This is so disgusting that our Veterans are treated this way. Two days ago my son went to the Columbus Va for his appt. He has been getting a run around for the last 2-3 months there changing his medications and saying he needs surgery etc… He had asked for another opinion and they since then have done nothing but run him around. They changed his blood pressure meds and he has been experincing loss of vision,extremely high blood pressure and vointing. He went 2 days ago for an appt once again and told them what was going on and they did nothing once again. He was so upset when he left because he couldn’t see very good and his blood pressure was out of sight once again. On his way home he was so scared that he stopped at a local Hospital and they admitted him right away and said he should not have been driving. He spent 2 days there and they put him back on his other blood pressure medicine that he was on before VA changed it to a blood pressure medicine that is NO LONGER TO BE USED. They are using it on our Veterans!! He could have died from that and they didn’t seem to care or listen. WHAT IS UP WITH THESE PEOPLE TREATING OUR VETERANS THIS WAY!! DISGUSTED & UPSET MOTHER

  • http://dalaigrandma.blogspot.com Jeanne Desy

    Senator: I am trying to understand why you voted nay on S. 1982. It doesn’t make sense to punish the VA for its ordinary human failures by denying the funds they need to work with our veterans. Much more sensible to work on a bill that would build more transparency into their system.