At least 40 U.S. veterans have passed away while waiting for medical appointments at Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system. The dead include a large number of veterans who were on a secret waiting list.
According to a report by the New York Daily News, the list was part of a multifaceted cost-cutting system set up by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix in an attempt to conceal the fact that between 1,400 and 1,600 sick veterans had to wait up to 21 months to see a doctor. The details of the scheme were provided a retired top VA doctor and high-level sources. More Veterans Passed Away While on Secret VA Hospital Waiting List