APNewsBreak: Scott wants SC veteran facility audit

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tim Scott has asked the Veterans Administration for information about its South Carolina facilities.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, the Republican lawmaker Thursday asked acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson for details on wait times and deaths at agency facilities in the state.

Last week, Scott met with South Carolina veterans a day after the passage of a Senate bill proposing 26 new medical facilities in 18 states be leased by the VA, including a walk-in clinic in Myrtle Beach and a primary care and dental annex in Charleston.

Data released Monday showed patients seeking care through Columbia's VA hospital wait an average of 77 days for their first appointment with a primary care doctor — more than five times longer than the department's goal.

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