Okla. VA hospitals had shorter waits than most
TULSA (AP) New patients seeking health care at Oklahoma VA hospitals waited an average of 31 days in Muskogee and 44 days in Oklahoma City for a primary care appointment, while established patients at both centers had waits averaging just over two days to be seen, a federal audit released Monday shows.
The report by the Department of Veterans Affairs also found that new patients seeking specialty care had to wait about 31 days to be seen in Muskogee and 48 days to be seen in Oklahoma City. A total of 71 patients had to wait at least 90 days for an initial appointment at Muskogee and only three patients had to wait that long in Oklahoma City, it said.
Wait-time figures for the two Oklahoma care centers were generally better than dozens of VA facilities in other parts of the U.S. where there were longer wait times for new and established patients, but officials said they are still working to improve veterans' access to care.