Middle Tennessee veterans face longest waits in the country
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Veterans in Middle Tennessee face the longest wait times in the nation when it comes to seeing a doctor at the VA hospital.
That information was found in a USA Today investigation which found veterans hoping to see a doctor for the first time in the VA’s Nashville and Murfreesboro hospitals wait an average of 65 days to see a physician.
That is well beyond the 14-day target put in place by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
USA Today found the average wait time at the Memphis VA Hospital is 26.3 days.
In an audit released last week, 13% of schedulers at 216 VA health facilities said they were told to falsify the wait times they reported to VA headquarters.
At least one instance of false scheduling occurred at 64% of the facilities, the audit showed.
Secretary of the VA, Eric Shinseki resigned last week after growing pressure due to concerns raised at a Phoenix area VA clinic.