57,000 Veterans Waiting more than 3 Months for First Medical Appointments; 64,000 Not Even on the List

The numbers are in at the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), revealing just how many veterans have endured long waits to get medical care.

Those waiting more than three months for a doctor’s appointment: 57,000. Those left off waiting lists, leaving them completely out of the loop: 64,000.

A VA audit (pdf) exposed the startling figures that have turned the agency into a political punching bag, with Democrats and Republicans excoriating its leadership.

With the resignation of secretary Eric Shinseki, the acting man in charge, Sloan Gibson, has promised to take immediate action to help reduce the backlog and get more veterans in to see physicians...more


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