VA hospital wait time concerns spread to Valley

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A controversy over scheduling practices at Texas veterans' hospitals in Central Texas and San Antonio has spread to the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.

The Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/1qxuTvA) reports documents it obtained show a former top official at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Harlingen told investigators that unreliable tests were substituted for colonoscopies.

Dr. Richard Krugman is the former associate chief of staff at the hospital. He's told investigators that the closest VA provider who performed colonoscopies was four hours from Harlingen and the VA didn't want to pay to provide them closer.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is investigating scheduling practices at its hospitals in Texas as part of a nationwide audit of access to care.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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