For the last several months, the health care scandal surrounding Veterans’ Administration hospitals has captured news headlines. Everything from delayed care to misreported statistics, to deaths has been reported as shortcomings of an overburdened system. But another aspect of the crisis has apparently been underreported.
While much of the focus has been on larger facilities, those are actually the exception in the military health care system. The typical hospital is a small facility, some of which serve a few as 10 patients a day. One of these smaller hospitals is located in South Carolina. That emergency care at that facility has already been eliminated, although inpatient care is still offered.