The VA is not immune to executive bonuses

UnitedHealth is not alone. The psuedo single-payer VA system also gives undeserved bonuses to executives as well:

The Department of Veterans Affairs paid bonuses of more than $335,000 to some top North Carolina VA hospital managers during years they received reports of poor patient care and suspicious deaths, according to a newspaper report. Executives at the VA hospital in Salisbury, along with regional managers in Durham, received bonuses in 2004 and 2005 as VA officials investigated unexpected deaths at the hospital, The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday.

Bonuses also were given to regional managers as the Asheville veterans hospital had staffing shortages that investigators said led to poor care. The hospital’s nursing home unit was ordered to suspend admissions in 2004 after a patient death.

“It’s stunning,” said U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington state who serves on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. She plans to ask the VA to explain why the bonuses were awarded.

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