More than 6 million appointments are currently scheduled at Veterans Affairs facilities across the country, according to an audit released Monday. Though 96% of those are set to take place in the next 30 days, new patients often wait weeks or months for a first appointment. Another 57,436 new patients have waited more than 90 days to schedule appointments, and 63,869 who enrolled in the system over the last decade ...
Waiting times for care at the majority of the 216 VA facilities examined appeared to be manipulated, according to an audit released by the White House. That audit followed another preliminary report, released earlier this week, that showed the agency’s problems were widespread.
An investigation of wait times for medical care at Veterans Affairs facilities has found “inappropriate scheduling practices are systemic” through the VA and “instances of manipulation of VA data that distort the legitimacy of reported waiting times,” prompting new calls for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. The VA inspector general’s report, released Wednesday, shows that the investigation has expanded to 42 facilities, more than a dozen more than the ...