May 2, 2010

IF STATES REVOKED DRIVING PRIVILEGES BASED ON A PTSD DIAGNOSIS...:

In tide of new PTSD cases, fear of growing fraud (ALLEN G. BREED, 5/01/10, AP)


Moved by a huge tide of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress, Congress has pressured the Department of Veterans Affairs to settle their disability claims _ quickly, humanely, and mostly in the vets' favor.

The problem: The system is dysfunctional, an open invitation to fraud. And the VA has proposed changes that could make deception even easier. [...]

[S]ome undeserving vets have learned how to game the system, profitably working the levers of sympathy for the wounded and obligation to the troops, and exploiting the sheer difficulty of nailing a surefire diagnosis of a condition that is notoriously hard to define.

"The threshold has been lowered. The question is how many people will take advantage of that," said Dr. Dan G. Blazer, a Duke University psychiatrist who has worked with the military on PTSD issues. PTSD, he adds, is "among the easiest (psychiatric) conditions to feign."


...you'd cut the case load by 95%.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 2, 2010 7:57 AM
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