Veterans Affairs Has 421,542 Employees – Is It An Employment Farm Or A Medical System?

By Adam Andrzejewski for RealClearPolicy

The Department of Veterans Affairs is one of the federal government’s largest agencies, with 421,542 employees. Since 2016, the staff has grown by 48,928.

The VA serves our veterans – the men and women who risked life and limb to protect our country.

The VA still has delays and staff shortages, which is something that was already a problem before the Covid-19 pandemic, but it’s been made worse by the VA.

While the number of employees added to the payroll has increased by 106,000 since 2012, just 6,700 medical officers were included in that increase. doctors, according to a new oversight report from OpenTheBooks, “Mapping the Swamp: A Study of the Administrative State (FY2020).”

Average VA doctors earned $262,770 last year, and the most highly compensated took home $420,402.

Average earnings of the 95,699 nurses were $90 484, with $270,000 for the most highly paid in 2020.

The already-strained VA has had an even harder time treating people during the pandemic, with at least 5,443 patients and 77 employees dying from virus complications in the last nine months, according to a December 2020 article in Military Times.

Only 86 percent are being performed by the VA compared to the time before the pandemic. This has created a backlog that can last months.

There’s also been a delay in screening tests like endoscopies and mammograms, which could harm people relying on the VA for preventive care and treatment.

Veterans deserve basic healthcare, and the VA ought to be able provide it.

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