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Little Rock VA new patients average 2-month waits

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LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - New patients seeking care at the Little Rock VA hospital have to wait an average of 60 days to be seen, but established patients have to wait only an average of four days.

The Veterans Affairs Department released an audit Monday that examined 731 VA hospitals and large outpatient clinics.

The agency has a goal of seeing new patients within 14 days, though patients with emergencies are seen immediately.

Overall, the Little Rock VA got 97 percent of 62,603 patients in the audit in to see a doctor within 30 days. That left about 2,000 patients waiting longer than a month.

New patients who needed to see specialists waited an average of 41 days and new patients seeking mental health care waited 39 days.

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