Deadly Wait: U.S. Veterans Hospitals Veterans Dying due to Diagnosis or Treatment Delays at U.S Veterans Hospitals
CNN: (VA) Hospital Delays Are Killing America's War Veterans Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) -- Military veterans are dying needlessly because of long waits and delayed care at U.S. veterans hospitals, a CNN investigation has found. What's worse, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is aware of the problems and has done almost nothing to effectively prevent veterans dying from delays in care, according to documents obtained by CNN and interviews with numerous experts. The problem has been especially dire at the Williams Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina. There, veterans waiting months for simple gastrointestinal procedures -- such as a colonoscopy or endoscopy -- have been dying because their cancers aren't caught in time. The VA has confirmed six deaths at Dorn tied to delays...(deaths) at this facility could be more than 20.