VA Audit Reveals Thousands Of Veterans Waiting For Care
A VA audit just released shows that approximately 100,000 veterans have been waiting for health care, with more than half waiting 90 days or more.
In results of an internal audit ordered as the scandal over deadly VA wait times exploded last month, the agency said it found that schedule misreporting was widespread. Of the 731 facilities surveyed, it found that 76 percent experienced wait time reporting problems.
In the May 12 to June 3 survey, the VA said it found that 57,436 new veteran patients had been waiting 90 days or more for an appointment. And it found that 63,869 patients over the past 10 years had requested appointments that have never been scheduled.
The agency said it was abandoning a two-week scheduling goal for appointments after finding it was “not attainable.”
“This data shows the extent of the systemic problems we face, problems that demand immediate actions,” VA acting Secretary Sloan Gibson said in a statement.