VA hospitals doctors and nurses shortage


Washington-- The Veterans Healthcare Administration has 41, 500 job vacancies for Doctors, Nurses, and other medical professionals.  USA TODAY discovered the 41,500 vacancies as of late June in data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. The full- and part-time positions include openings for 5,000 physicians, nearly 12,000 nurses and more than 1,200 psychologists. The VA directed 1.5 million veterans to doctors outside the agency for care at a cost of 7.7 billion dollars to taxpayers. Portland Oregon, Salt Lake City, Baltimore, and Orlando had shortages of at least 100 doctors.


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