Oregon VA clinics fare poorly in national audit


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Veterans Administration medical centers fared poorly in a national audit, with the state's facilities recording some of the nation's longest wait times for primary care, specialist care and mental health care.

In Oregon, the Portland VA Medical Center had the nation's fifth-longest wait time for new patient primary care. New patients had to wait an average of 80 days before they could be seen.

The audit is the third in a series of reports in the past month into long wait times and falsified records at VA facilities nationwide.

In White City, Oregon, the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics had the third-longest wait time in the country for specialist care wait times. And for veterans seeking mental health care, the White City facility was the seventh-longest.

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