Audit: Delays for care at Maine VA hospital

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine VA hospital fared better than many other hospitals in a system-wide audit, but hundreds of veterans still had to wait more than a month for appointments.

A May 14 audit found that 99 percent of doctor visits took place in 30 days or less at the Togus VA hospital in Augusta. But 664 veterans had to wait more than a month.

The audit also showed that new patients had to wait 36 days on average.

All told, 47,698 appointments were scheduled during the snapshot period.

The audit is the first nationwide look at the VA network after an uproar over patients dying while awaiting appointments and of cover-ups at the Phoenix VA center.

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