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Posted: Monday, June 9th, 2014 12:25 PM HST

Hawaii has longest wait for new veteran patients

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii has the longest wait time in the nation for veterans to get their first appointment with a primary care physician.

Data on wait times nationwide was released Monday by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The data says new patients in Hawaii wait an average of 145 days to get an appointment at the Spark M. Matsunaga VA Medical Center.

Representatives at the Spark M. Matsunaga VA Medical Center did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Wait times at the center are better for established patients.

Excluding new patients, just 3 percent of Hawaii veterans waited more than 30 days for an appointment.

Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson says the VA has contacted 50,000 veterans across the country to get them off of wait lists.



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