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Faces of VA healthcare: Patients and would-be whistle-blowers
Faces of VA healthcare: Patients and would-be whistle-blowers

Growing evidence suggests the VA healthcare system has overworked physicians and schedulers who often hide how long patients must wait. Here are some stories of patients and would-be whistleblowers. Walter Burkhartsmeier A retired Navy veteran who did five tours in Vietnam, Walter "Burgie" Burkhartsmeier first started getting shooting pains down his left arm in 2011. Then a lump began to form on the same limb. His doctor at the VA Puget Sound Medical Center in Lakewood, Wash., sent him to get an MRI at the VA's Seattle facility. It took two months to schedule the test, but when Burkhartsmeier, 73, and his wife, Lesley, 67, arrived at the hospital from their home in...

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