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    Longest average wait times for VA new patients

    VA facilities where new patients wait the longest for care

    Posted on June 9, 2014 at 1:17 p.m.

    Veterans Affairs medical centers have come under criticism for long wait times for care. Here is a list of the facilities with the longest average waits as of May 15 for new patients seeking primary care, specialist care and mental health care, according to audit results released Monday.

    NEW PATIENT PRIMARY CARE LONGEST AVERAGE WAIT TIME:

    1. Honolulu, Hawaii: 145 days

    2. VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend HCS, Harlingen, Texas: 85 days

    3. Fayetteville, North Carolina: 83 days

    4. Baltimore HCS, Maryland: 81 days

    5. Portland, Oregon: 80 days

    6. Columbia, South Carolina: 77 days

    7. Central Alabama Veterans HCS, Montgomery, Alabama: 75 days

    8. Providence, Rhode Island: 74 days

    9. Salt Lake City, Utah: 73 days

    10. Richmond, Virginia: 73 days

    NEW PATIENT SPECIALIST CARE AVERAGE WAIT TIME:

    1. VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend HCS, Harlingen, Texas: 145 days

    2. El Paso, Texas: 90 days

    3. White City, Oregon: 88 days

    4. Clarksburg, West Virginia: 86 days

    5. St. Louis, Missouri: 86 days

    6. Middle Tennessee HCS, Nashville, Tennessee: 71 days

    7. Durham, North Carolina: 69 days

    8. Hampton, Virginia: 68 days

    9. Mountain Home, Tennessee: 67 days

    10. VA Central Western Massachusetts HCS, Leeds, Massachusetts: 67 days

    NEW PATIENT MENTAL HEALTH CARE AVERAGE WAIT TIME:

    1. Durham, North Carolina: 104 days

    2. Clarksburg, West Virginia: 96 days

    3. Amarillo, Texas: 61 days

    4. El Paso, Texas: 60 days

    5. Erie, Pennsylvania: 57 days

    6. Central Alabama Veterans HCS, Montgomery, Alabama: 57 days

    7. White City, Oregon: 57 days

    8. VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend HCS, Harlingen, Texas: 55 days

    9. Hampton, Virginia: 54 days

    10. Dallas, Texas: 50 days


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