Veterans Still Waiting for Change

The number of veterans facing long waits for health care at VA facilities has not dropped at all since a year ago, government data shows. A closer look reveals deep geographic disparities.

Nearly 894,000 appointments completed at VA medical facilities from Aug. 1 to Feb. 28 failed to meet the health system's timeliness goal, which calls for patients to be seen within 30 days.

Many delay-prone facilities are clustered in a handful of Southern states, often in areas with a strong military presence, a rural population and patient growth that has outpaced the VA's sluggish planning process.
Associated Press

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