Veterans Administration struggles with long waits at some Virginia hospitals and clinics

Veterans Administration struggles with long waits at some Virginia hospitals and clinics (Image 1)
Veterans Administration struggles with long waits at some Virginia hospitals and clinics (Image 1)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A home to U.S. naval power, the Hampton Roads region of southeastern Virginia also ranks among the worst places for a vet to get a timely appointment to see a Veterans Affairs doctor.

Out of all VA medical centers nationwide, the hospital in Hampton had the fourth-highest percentage of waits topping 30 days.

More than 7.3 percent of the 151,300 appointments completed at the medical center between Sept. 1 and Feb. 28 failed to meet the VA’s timeliness goal, which calls for patients to be seen in 30 days or less.

Hospital officials say they’re adding medical professionals and expanding facilities for a booming military population.

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