VA falls short on female medical issues

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Monday, June 23, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs is falling short of its commitment to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

An Associated Press review finds nearly one in four VA hospitals does not have a fulltime gynecologist on staff, and 15 percent of community-based clinics do not have designated women's health providers.

Also, when community-based clinics refer veterans to outside facilities to be screened for breast cancer, more than half the time their mammogram results are not provided to patients within the required two weeks.

VA's investment of more than $1.3 billion in gender-specific care since 2008 has helped train hundreds of medical professionals in the fundamentals of treating the female body. But even the VA's office of women's health acknowledges persistent shortcomings remain.

(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)


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