The current state of the health care system that is involving vets, has the highest suicide rate and death rate due to lack of proper and quick health care both mentally, and physically. Many vets yearly are faced with the question on how do I receive proper health care with, out insurance and high emergency room bills. 307,000 veterans die before their application are even processed due to lack of managerial support and following protocol of both state, and federal laws.
The lack of mental help from the V.A has caused a raising number of suicide rates, and once you compare it to how many civilian (non military personal) who commit suicide it’s a major gap between the two.
The above graph shows that on average 30 veterans compared to 14 non military personal commit suicide on a daily rate for every 100,000 people. That results in 16 people difference when looking at the numbers. This is due to a lack of mental help that the V.A offers but is unable to actually accommodate. This could a lack of doctors or a lack of support the doctors receive in order to help patients.
The frequency of the rising suicide rate of veterans on average is 22 veterans per a day, that results in 1 veteran for every 65 minutes. This number will continue to increase if these military personal are not given the proper help they need in order to live a functional day to day life.
Veterans seem to have been pushed to the side, application are being stuffed in desk draws, and or been thrown away for some applicants. The waiting process alone for one veteran was over 14 years since applying for his application to process, he has since passed away. The V.A is struggling with a way to manage and oversee the flood of applications they receive each day and not effective way to be able to manage them.
“Phoenix is just the tip of the iceberg,” Selnick said, referring to last week’s announcement that VA Secretary Eric Shinseki had placed three Phoenix veterans’ hospital officials on administrative leave after several former employees alleged that as many as 40 patients may have died as a result of treatment delays. Whistle-blowers also claimed that a secret list of patients waiting for appointments had been maintained to conceal how long it took for patients to be treated.
"It's widespread," said Darin Selnick, veterans affairs adviser to Concerned Veterans for America. Selnick also served…www.modernhealthcare.com
In 1996 law passed stating that disabled patients should not wait more then 30 days for an appointments or to see a providers or specialty care providers. But five years after the law passed, the GAO found that two-thirds of the specialty-care clinics they examined had wait times longer than 30 days as well as primarily care providers.
Veterans have continued to wait and wait to be seen by doctors and or specialty doctors for many reason some more serious then other. Many of the clinics and or hospitals are failing to adhere or following guidelines to full fill these requirements that need to be meet in a timely manner. No one person is taking the responsibility or the blame for why these problems and issues continue to occur among veterans along with the high suicide rate.
Some people blame the fact that the Government has cut funding and this results in to the hospitals getting less and less money, ultimately resulting in less doctors, nurses, and staff to handle the influx of patients/ veterans. This is not true “It’s not a failure of resources,” Moran said. Since 2009, funding for the VA has grown nearly 58%. The president’s 2015 budget includes $163.9 billion for the VA.” So the real question still arises, who is to blame for the lack of proper health care or the system management structure? The issues is the care of the veterans crisis is a major problem for many and everyone is to be blamed all the way down the structure. Weather it be poor training, lack of care and system management we are all to blame.
The government and the V.A have under many media scandals in the most recent years since social media has became a huge platform. People are able to share their stories of what happened without being edited to fitted to an agenda. Pictures and videos have made a huge impact on today’s to society and how they view the health care system because they are able to share straight from their media platform to the world wide web.