Local & Regional
Mon June 9, 2014
New Oklahoma VA Patients Wait 31–44 Days to be Seen
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A newly released audit has found that new patients seeking health care at the Muskogee and Oklahoma City VA hospitals waited an average of 31 and 44 days, respectively, to be seen.
Monday's audit released by the Department of Veterans Affairs found that 464 new patients at the two facilities waited more than 60 days for an appointment.
The audit also found that established patients at both care centers had waits averaging just over two days to be seen.
Spokeswomen at the Muskogee and Oklahoma City hospitals said they were still examining the state-specific data and did not immediately comment on the numbers.
The nationwide audit covered 731 sites and involved interviews with nearly 3,800 clinic staff and administrators to determine how long veterans had to wait to receive care.