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Audit: Long Wait Times at VA Medical Centers in Nevada

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A report released Monday shows patients at Nevada's two Veterans Affairs hospitals did not escape the long wait times reported at veterans' facilities around the country.
 
The Veterans Affairs Department audit shows thousands of patients waited 30 days or more for care at the VA Medical Centers in Reno and North Las Vegas. More than 2,234 patients have been waiting 90 days or more for medical appointments at the Las Vegas facility. Another 224 waited more than 90 days for care in Reno.

The average wait time for new patients is about 50 days in Las Vegas and 53 days in Reno.
 
The report, which looked at 731 VA facilities around the country, is the first nationwide look at the VA system after reports of patients dying while awaiting appointments at the Phoenix VA center.

The Veterans Affairs Department says more than 57,000 patients nationwide are still waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them. An additional 64,000 who enrolled in the VA health care system over the past 10 years have never had appointments.
 
The audit says a 14-day goal for seeing first-time patients was unattainable given the growing demand among veterans for health care and poor planning. The VA has since abandoned that goal.
 
The audit released Monday says 13% of VA schedulers reported supervisors telling them to falsify appointment dates to make waiting times appear shorter.    (AP)

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