The New York Times

F.B.I. Begins Criminal Inquiry in V.A. Scandal
The New York Times

The F.B.I. has opened a criminal investigation into accusations that Department of Veterans Affairs officials manipulated medical waiting lists and delayed care for thousands of veterans, the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said Wednesday.

Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, Mr. Comey said F.B.I. agents in Phoenix were leading the investigation. The veterans medical center in Phoenix is at the heart of the national scandal, which led to Eric Shinseki’s resignation as Veterans Affairs secretary last month.

The inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs had already said that the Justice Department was looking into the matter, but Mr. Comey’s testimony was the first indication that a criminal investigation was underway.

“We will follow wherever the facts take us,” Mr. Comey said.

The Senate on Wednesday approved a measure making it easier for veterans to be treated by local doctors if they have had long waits at Veterans Affairs hospitals. The House passed a similar bill on Tuesday.

J’ai parlé du scandale des hôpitaux pour vétérans aux États-Unis la semaine dernière. Ce système est 100% public, comme celui du Québec ou du Canada. Dans ce système public, des fonctionnaires ont mis en place un système de liste d’attente pour réduire l’accès aux soins de santé des vétérans malades.

Aux États-Unis, quand un hôpital public utilise des listes d’attente pour réduire l’accès aux soins, le FBI ouvre une enquête criminelle… Vous pensez qu’un jour la police va enquêter sur les listes d’attente dans les hôpitaux québécois?