Newsmax's Patten: VA's 14-Day Appointment Rule Led to Scandal

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 03:30 PM

By Courtney Coren

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has a standard requiring that VA hospitals not allow patients to wait more than 14 days to see a doctor, and is the likely source of the recent VA scandal, says David Patten, Newsmax magazine's senior editor.

"It turns out that the VA was using a standard whereby if a veteran went into a VA office that the staff there had to respond and get them with an appointment — either a dentist visit, doctor visit, within two weeks, within 14 days," Patten told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV.

"If you didn't do that as a staff member, basically you got written up, a demerit. It could affect your promotion, it could affect your year-end bonus if you're eligible for one," he said Tuesday.

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Patten explained that this is why Rep. David Schweikert thinks this is likely a nationwide scandal.

Schweikert told Newsmax on Monday to "be prepared" because "there's going to be more and more of this as the investigation gets deeper and deeper," adding that he "would be personally surprised if [the scandal is] not nationwide." 

The Arizona Republican explained that the rewards that came with making sure VA patients had appointments within the 14-day waiting period "created sort of a perverse incentive to game the system."

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