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Printed for the use of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

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COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS

OLIN E. TEAGUE, Texas, Chairman W. J. BRYAN DORN, South Carolina

EDITH NOURSE ROGERS, Massachusetts ELIZABETH KEE, West Virginia

BERNARD W. (PAT) KEARNEY, New York GEORGE 8. LONG, Louisiana

WILLIAM H. AYRES, Ohio JAMES A. BYRNE, Pennsylvania

E. ROSS ADAIR, Indiana ED EDMONDSON, Oklahoma

PAUL A. FINO, New York FRANK W. BOYKIN, Alabama

PHIL WEAVER, Nebraska WAYNE N. ASPINALL, Colorado

WILLIAM H. AVERY, Kansas
LEO W. O'BRIEN, New York

E. KEITH THOMSON, Wyoming
GEORGE A. SHUFORD, North Carolina EUGENE SILER, Kentucky
GEORGE H. CHRISTOPHER, Missouri CHARLES M. TEAGUE, Callfornia
CHARLES O. DIGGS, JR., Michigan
B, F. SISK, California
JAMES A. HALEY, Florida

OLIVER E. MEADOWS, Staff Director

SUBCOMMITTEES

ADMINISTRATION

JAMES A. BYRNE, Pennsylvania, Chairman ELIZABETH KEE, West Virginia

PHIL WEAVER, Nebraska
CHARLES O. DIGGS, JR., Michigan

CHARLES M. TEAGUE, California
COMPENSATION AND PENSION

W. J. BRYAN DORN, South Carolina, Chairman
GEORGE H. CHRISTOPHER, Missouri PAUL A. FINO, New York
OHARLES C. DIGGS, JR., Michigan

E. KEITH THOMSON, Wyoming
EDUCATION AND TRAINING

OLIN E. TEAGUE, Chairman
ED EDMONDSON, Oklahoma

WILLIAM H. AYRES, Ohio B. F. SISK, California

E. ROSS ADAIR, Indiana

HOSPITALS

GEORGE 8. LONG, Louisiana, Chairman ELIZABETH KEE, West Virginia

BERNARD W. (PAT) KEARNEY, New York LEO W. O'BRIEN, New York

WILLIAM H. AVERY, Kansas
B. F. SISK, California
JAMES A, HALEY, Florida

HOUSING

ED EDMONDSON, Oklahoma, Chairman GEORGE A. SHUFORD, North Carolina WILLIAM H. AYRES, Ohio GEORGE H. CHRISTOPHER, Missouri PHIL WEAVER, Nebraska

INSURANCE

WAYNE N. ASPINALL, Colorado, Chairman JAMES A. BYRNE, Pennsylvania

EUGENE SILER, Kentucky GEORGE A. SHUFORD, North Carolina CHARLES M. TEAGUE, California

SPANISH WAR

FRANK W. BOYKIN, Alabama, Chairman W. J. BRYAN DORN, South Carolina

PAUL A. FINO, New York WAYNE N. ASPINALL, Colorado

E. KEITH THOMSON, Wyoming

George Meader

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1956 FOREWORD One of the great programs of the Veterans' Administration is its hospital and medical program. Medical services for the care of eligible veterans are provided through the facilities of 173 hospitals and 70 outpatient clinics. As of January 31, 1956, there were 121,163 hospital beds in operation. The average daily patient load in Veterans Administration hospitals during January 1956 was 112,450. During the 8-month period from July 1954 to February 1955, 69,956 private doctors and dentists participated in the outpatient program. During the month of February 1955 421,365 veterans received care of treatment from a home town physician or dentist.

This report is concerned with problems encountered in the administration of the veterans' hospital, medical and outpatient program and is presented in two parts.

Part I deals with abuses found in the outpatient program on the part of participating dentists and physicians. These abuses varied from minor administrative failures to serious false claims, some of which were referred to the Justice Department for prosecution. Certainly these abuses do not provide the basis for the generalization that there is substantial dishonesty among the medical profession. They do show, however, that in any large program, involving many thousands of individuals, a certain amount of carelessness, misunderstanding and, in a few cases, outright dishonesty, will creep in.

Part II of the report deals with abuses of the Veterans' Administration hospitalization program for veterans with non-service-connected disabilities. This report shows that, while the vast majority of veterans are not abusing the privilege of obtaining free hospital and medical care for a non-service-connected disability on the basis of their inability to pay for such treatment, there is a small percentage of veterans who are abusing the privilege and obtaining free medical care when, in fact, they are able to pay for their medical care elsewhere.

It is hoped that this report will isolate and identify the relatively small number of individuals who take advantage of the program to the end that such abuse may be minimized, if not eliminated.

OLIN E. TEAGUE, Chairman, Committee on Veterans Affairs.

JLB

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