VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON Some veterans waiting for service at the V.A. Medical Center in Vancouver say they’re happy to hear the President is finally looking at V.A. Hospitals closely. President Obama ordered reports be turned in by next week. He called the allegations of misconduct and long delays in care and treatment outrageous.
One veteran said his care couldn’t be better he thought it’s better than what he could pay for in the private sector. Another said better late than never. A third said he’s had his primary care physician leave three different times. He was meeting a new doctor today in Vancouver. It’s taken eight weeks to get in to see that new doctor.
A spokesman for the V.A. Hospital in Portland says they haven’t had any problems with misconduct. Three or four V.A. outpatient clinics in the Rose City are under review now. Reports on those facilities are expected to be made public next week. The spokesman also said there’s always room for improvement and the hospital is working on reducing the time patients have to wait to be seen.