This is a must read concerning what’s gone on a Walter Reed and reminding us how well the government can run big, big programs!
Walter Reed is a classic example of what’s wrong with government-run health care.
Start with the bureaucratic morass.
In 2004, amid the war, the Army decided to award Walter Reed’s maintenance and operations contract to itself. It soon emerged, however, that the Army had underestimated its costs and would not be able to perform the work as cheaply as previously imagined, so the contract re-entered procurement limbo for another year.
During this period, badly wounded veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan streamed into Walter Reed requiring extensive therapy for brain injuries, amputations, combat stress and more. Today, wounded veterans continue to arrive, often with several serious injuries.
A completely unrelated event deeply exacerbated matters when, in 2005, the Pentagon’s independent Base Closure and Realignment Commission recommended Walter Reed’s closure in 2011.
In all likelihood, this prompted many otherwise well-inclined healthcare professionals to reconsider working at Walter Reed and discouraged the Army from investing in the facility.
Fast forward to early 2006, when the Army finally announced that IAP Worldwide Services, a private contractor, had won the maintenance contract.
Because of bureaucratic delays, however, the contract wasn’t actually awarded until November, and IAP was prevented from beginning work until Feb. 4 – just two weeks before the Washington Post reported on the rats, mold and substandard living conditions at the hospital.
Read the rest.