Changing trends will keep veterans care evolving

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Officials at New Hampshire's only veterans hospital say they tailor services by constantly evaluating who needs care, what they're coming in for and where they want to see their doctor.

The Manchester VA Medical Center saw about 24,000 patients last year, 98 percent of whom had an appointment scheduled within 30 days of when they wanted to be seen. That figure, according to audits conducted by the federal Veteran's Affairs Department and released Monday, is higher than the national average of 96 percent.

Tammy Krueger, the medical center's director, says the hospital puts resources where they're needed to address current needs. For example, care related to ears, eyes and cancer are in higher demand as veterans get older, while a growing number of women veterans require different kinds of care.

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