Sacramento VA hospital struggles with waits for certain care

Apr 9, 2015 11:03 AM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An analysis finds that veterans in some cases are waiting more than 31 days for medical appointments.

Nationally, nearly 894,000 appointments - or about 2.8 percent- completed at Veterans Affairs centers from August to February involved a delay of at least a month, missing the VA's timeliness goal, which calls for patients to be seen within 30 days.

In California, nearly 40 percent of the state's 61 VA hospitals and clinics had a higher-than-average percentage of delayed appointments.

The Sacramento VA hospital had the highest percentage of appointments delayed by at least a month among VA centers in California.

VA officials say there's demand for specialty care such as sleep studies and orthopedics. The Sacramento hospital is hiring more doctors, nurses and staff to keep up with demand.

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