The embattled VA Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, which is accused of letting 40 veterans die while waiting for care, doled out millions of dollars in bonuses and unusually high salaries according to a Freedom of Information Act. From Fox News:
From 2011 to 2013, over $843,000 in bonuses was awarded to about half the system's 3,170 workers.
The records also show hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars were spent on work that had little to do with health care. The hospital's 2013 gardening budget was more than $180,000. The hospital's interior design bills over the past three years surpassed $211,000.
The figures have raised concern, as the Phoenix VA faces accusations that up to 40 veterans may have died while waiting for critical care.