ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Veterans Affairs records reportedly indicate that numerous patients who needed a primary care physician at the VA medical center in Albuquerque instead were assigned to a medical supervisor who didn't treat patients.
According to the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1mPWzac ), the patients were assigned to the supervisor until they could be assigned to a physician. In the meantime, it appeared that the veterans had a doctor,
According to the Journal, patients with urgent needs were sent to a walk-in clinic, emergency room or squeezed into the schedule of a physician.
The Journal reports that staffers were told last fall that the assignments were a way to manage an influx of patients.
The nation's health care system for veterans is under scrutiny in the wake of revelations about long waits and other problems.