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US veterans hospitals picking their patients to lift quality ratings

Doctors who examined Mr Savage decided that he was unable to care for himself and should be admitted but the hospital administration said no.

Roseburg, Oregon

AN 81-year-old veteran hobbled into the emergency room at the rural Veterans Affairs hospital here in December, malnourished and dehydrated, his skin flecked with ulcers and his ribs broken from a fall at home.

A doctor examining the veteran - a 20-year Air Force...