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Cantwell Calls VA Wait Unacceptable

A new report shows that wait times for new patients seeking a primary care doctor at Washington state’s three largest Veteran’s Affairs facilities range from 28 to nearly 59 days.

The numbers were released Monday by the Department of Veterans Affairs as part of a national audit. The report says the longest average wait time was tied to VA Puget Sound, at 58.77 days. Wait times for new patients seeking a primary care doctor in Walla Walla was 43.15 days, and 28.55 days for new patients in Spokane.

Wednesday , U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell issued the following statement on the findings of a Veterans Health Administration review of VA health care services in Washington state.

 “It is the U.S. Government’s solemn duty to care for our veterans. An average wait of 28 to 58 days for VA care in Washington state is unacceptable. The Department of Veterans Affairs must address these systemic problems immediately. The Department needs to act quickly to get veterans access to the care they deserve, and correct this problem for the long-term.”

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