INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department says an audit of 731 VA hospitals and large outpatient clinics found that more than 57,000 patients still are awaiting initial medical appointments 90 days or more after requesting them. An additional 64,000 who enrolled in the VA system over the past decade have never had appointments. The audit found that the VA's complicated appointment process created confusion among scheduling clerks and supervisors.
Here's a look at numbers in those categories for VA sites in Indiana: Indianapolis' Roudebush VA Medical Center and the VA Northern Indiana Health Care System, which has campuses in Fort Wayne and Marion.
—New patients who requested appointments in the past decade for whom an appointment had not been scheduled as of June 2: Indianapolis 173, northern Indiana 56.
—Patients still awaiting medical appointments 90 days or more after requesting them: Indianapolis 253, northern Indiana 20.
—Patients who waited more than 120 days for an appointment: Indianapolis, 80, northern Indiana 22.
—Total appointments scheduled, reflecting caseload: Indianapolis 55,441, northern Indiana 30,677.