If I might venture to reply, the difference between the liability total, which is the annual liability based on the awards, and the annual expenditure is, in this particular case, partially due to the fact that there was a backlog of increased rates during the period under discussion. In addition, there are liabilities which cannot be estimated. These recipients are entitled to hospitalization .and treatment, and in the course of a year the extent to which that is more than the expectation may substantially increase the Cost. It has been pointed out also that this is the liability as of that date, and in some instances some of those awards may be less than 30 days or 60 days old. By the time you have completed your year the expenditures will be exceeded by the difference of the liability as of that moment and the conclusion of the year.
Topic: EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic: DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS