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Veterans Affairs pays out millions to settle 'delay in treatment' claims, Dayton investigation finds

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Scandals at the Department of Veterans Affairs continue to build up.

Since 2001, the agency has paid more than $36 million to cover claims of delays in treatment, according to an investigation by the Dayton Daily News in Ohio.

The investigation used a database of paid claims to search the words "delay in treatment."

Since 2001, the database search found 167 instances in which the words "delay in treatment" is used in the description. The VA paid out a total of $36.4 million to settle those claims, either voluntarily or as part of a court action, the investigation found.

One example found Dayton's VA hospital paid $140,000 for a 2006 claim described as "Failure/Delay in Admission to Hospital or Institution; Medication Administered via Wrong Route; Failure to Order Appropriate Test."

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Kelly Cohen

Staff Writer
The Washington Examiner