Bloomberg: Malpractice Payouts To U.S. Veterans Reach 12-Year HighChristopher Ellison went to a veterans medical center in Philadelphia to get eight teeth extracted in 2007. What should have been a routine dentist visit left him permanently incapacitated. The $17.5 million Ellison and his family received in a malpractice judgment against the Department of Veterans Affairs was the largest against the agency in a dozen years — and one of more than 400 payments the U.S. government made last year to resolve VA malpractice claims, according to agency records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. The total cost came to $91.7 million, also the highest sum in at least 12 years (Miller, 9/9). For Veterans, Malpractice Payouts Reach 12-Year High This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.