VA Falls Short In Effort To Meet Needs Of Female Veterans

SAN FRANCISCO (June 22, 2014) The Department of Veterans Affairs is falling short of its commitment to meet the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to an Associated Press Review.

The review found that 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 the results are not provided to patients within the required two weeks, the review found.

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.

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