VA review: No patient deaths linked to wait times

Posted at: 08/06/2014 7:44 AM
Updated at: 08/06/2014 7:48 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - Veterans Affairs officials in New Mexico say a review has determined there was no link between the deaths of nearly two dozen veterans and their place on the waiting list for medical care.
Amid an investigation into lapses in care, the New Mexico VA health care system initially identified 21 people who died while waiting to see a doctor. Officials promised to investigate each case to determine if the wait for care was a factor in their deaths.
VA spokeswoman Sonja Brown confirmed Tuesday the reviews have been completed and there was no association with wait times and the deaths.
The VA learned of the patients' deaths while reaching out to more than 1,000 veterans who were on waiting lists to see primary care doctors or receive specialty care.

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