The evidence of just how poor that quality is has been mounting. In one audit, at least 120,000 veterans were placed on waiting lists that extended for months. To cover up these lengthy wait times, the VA employed a scheme of never scheduling some patients or using secret lists that were not documented in official records. In one VA facility alone, 35 to 40 veterans died while waiting for medical appointments. In the past, the VA has botched routine procedures such as births and sterilizations. Worse yet, because these investigations are ongoing, we do not yet know the true extent of the harm that has resulted from the VA's negligence.